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Data on the Run: Data and Statistical Sources for Reference and Instruction: Beyond Data Discovery

ACRL Preconference Workshop, April 10th, 2013

Library Data Services

Library data services support patrons using numeric information.  In a sense, every librarian is a data librarian since we all field data discovery questions at the reference desk, such as the freshman looking for a “fast fact” statistic to use as a hook for an essay on welfare reform or more advanced researchers looking for access to the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archive in order to download a specific dataset.   Beyond reference & research services, library data services might include:

  • Course-specific instruction (tying sources to course content)
  • Source-specific instruction (e.g., the US Census, public opinion sources)
  • Statistical programming instruction and consultation (SPSS, SAS, Stata & R are commonly used statistical software)
  • Assistance creating data management plans
  • Data archiving and curation
  • Spatial data, qualitative data, and more.

Research Data Management

eScience and Big Data

Data Visualization