Data Management for Libraries: A LITA Guide

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Since the National Science Foundation joined the National Institutes of Health in requiring that grant proposals include a data management plan, academic librarians have been inundated with related requests from faculty and campus-based grant consulting offices. Data management is a new service area for many library staff, requiring careful planning and implementation. This guide offers a start-to-finish primer on understanding, building, and maintaining a data management service, showing another way the academic library can be invaluable to researchers. Krier and Strasser of the California Digital Library guide readers through every step of a data management plan by

  • Offering convincing arguments to persuade researchers to create a data management plan, with advice on collaborating with them
  • Laying out all the foundations of starting a service, complete with sample data librarian job descriptions and data management plans
  • Providing tips for conducting successful data management interviews
  • Leading readers through making decisions about repositories and other infrastructure
  • Addressing sensitive questions such as ownership, intellectual property, sharing and access, metadata, and preservation

This LITA guide will help academic librarians work with researchers, faculty, and other stakeholders to effectively organize, preserve, and provide access to research data.

Carly A. Strasser

Carly A. Strasser is a data curation specialist at the California Digital Library, University of California Office of the President. She has a PhD in biological oceanography, which informs her work on helping researchers better manage and share their data. She is involved in development and implementation of many of the UC Curation Center's services, including the DMPTool (software to guide researchers in creating a data management plan) and DataUp (an application that helps researchers organize, manage, and archive their tabular data).

"An excellent and timely primer for introducing key principles of data management … The book's well organized, clearly written chapters are equally as appropriate for librarians new to research data as they would be for project data managers looking to pair up with libraries to fill gaps in preservation or access to their data resources."
— Technicalities

"Extremely well organized ... The guide coaches the reader to carefully tailor data management to the needs of a particular institution. Libraries that may be initiating a data services department would do well to consult this title when considering data management."
— Library Resources & Technical Services

"Will be particularly useful for small and medium-sized libraries that will not be able to initially hire a dedicated data management librarian. Throughout the book the authors discuss how librarians from various sectors of the library can contribute their unique skill sets to data management."
— Serials Review