Working as a Data Librarian: A Practical Guide, 1st Edition

  • Eric O. Johnson
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1440864829
  • ISBN-13: 9781440864827
  • DDC: 025
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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The field of data librarianship is rapidly growing, and some librarians may feel that their training and experience does not cover data questions asked by patrons seeking advice. With this gentle guide for librarians moving--sometimes unexpectedly--into the world of data librarianship, all you need is a willingness to learn the skills required for the rapidly growing number of jobs requiring data librarianship. This book focuses on transferable skills and understanding and does not assume extensive knowledge. It introduces tasks and concepts needed to be an effective data librarian, such as best practices for data reference interviewing, finding data sources, data visualization, data literacy, the data lifecycle, metadata design, database design, understanding data management, and preparing data management plans. Additional sections focus on supporting creativity (Makerspaces and Fablabs, 3-D modeling), supporting analysis (GIS, data visualization, text mining, statistical methods), supporting research (digital scholarship, digital preservation, institutional data repositories, scholarly communication), and outreach (data librarian liaisonship, hackathons, developing outreach programs).

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Finding and Obtaining Data.
3: Database Design.
4: Data Collection Techniques.
5: Using Data for Visualization.
6: Using Data for Scholarship.
7: Public Programs.
8: Conclusion.
Appendix 1: Data Sources.
Appendix 2: Database Platforms.
Appendix 3: Visualization Resources.
Appendix 4: Software Tools.
About the Author.