Research data services from the perspective of academic librarians

Soohyung Joo, Gisela M. Schmidt

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Purpose: This study aims to investigate the perceptions of academic librarians regarding research data services (RDS) in academic library environments. This study also examines a range of challenges in RDS from the perspectives of academic librarians. Design/methodology/approach: A nationwide online survey was administered to academic librarians engaged in data services at research universities around the USA. The collected survey responses were analyzed quantitatively using descriptive statistics, hierarchical clustering and multidimensional scaling. Findings: Academic librarians perceived that consultation services would be more valuable to users than technical services in offering RDS. Accordingly, skills associated with consultation services such as instructional skills and data management planning were perceived by participants to be more important. The results revealed that academic libraries would need to seek collaboration opportunities with other units on campus to develop and offer RDS, especially technical services. Originality/value: This study contributes to the existing body of research on the topic of data services in research universities. The study investigated various types of specific professional competencies and used clustering analysis to identify closely associated groups of service types. In addition, this study comprehensively examined both relevant resources for and barriers to RDS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-256
Number of pages15
JournalDigital Library Perspectives
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Academic libraries
  • Data librarianship
  • Data repositories
  • Research data management
  • Research data services
  • Research libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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