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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)