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The data librarian life cycle

Presenter 1
A. Michelle Edwards
Cornell University, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research

The journey of a data librarian or data specialist is certainly not a straight one, but one that can be very winding and extremely exciting and challenging all at once. If we follow the experiences of many data librarians, we can see a trend that closely mimics that of the data lifecycle. Whether you are the "accidental" data librarian or that individual where data is merely one of many hats, or the experienced data specialists, we see many common threads. We embrace the new challenge that data present (concept), we learn everything we can about that challenge (collection), we develop new skills (processing), often very unique skills, we develop dynamic services to conquer the challenge (distribution, discovery), we evaluate the service (analysis), and then we look forward to the next challenge (concept) that is already knocking down our doors. But, what happens when you change departments within your institution or you change institutions? Can we repurpose what we have learned and created? The goal of this paper is to present the approaches taken when a data librarian engages in the "repurposing" stage of the Data Librarian LifeCycle.

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