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DLF E-Research Network: Developing a sustainable community of practice for research data services

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Rita Van Duinen
Council on Library and Information Services / Digital Library Federation

To address the need for libraries to be engaged in developing e-research services the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) have developed the DLF E-Research Network; a peer-driven mentoring group focused on sharing information on implementing research data management services as well as on participant-directed learning and shared skill development. Launched in 2014, institutional teams from academic libraries in the US and Canada participated in the DLF E-Research Network, a program aimed at building a mutually supportive community engaged in continuous learning about e-research support. Through a series of in-person meetings, webinars, practical activities, and virtual discussions participating institutions were able to evaluate, refine and further implement research data services. The E-Research Network provides members working in research libraries and data centers the opportunity to develop data management strategies, policies, tools, and services. This poster will describe the DLF E-Research Network, its membership benefits and contributions to the field, as well as highlight participant’s objectives and outcomes. The poster will also demonstrate how the E-Research Network is designed to help build the capacity needed for professional development in research data services.

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