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ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2014

Saturday, January 25th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 203A

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Please join us for the ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group Program at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


We will be featuring two presentations:


Pilots to Program: UC San Diego Research Data Curation Pilots and the Library Research Data Curation Program


Mary Linn Bergstrom

Research Data Curation, Science & Engineering Liaison Librarian

UC San Diego


Presentation abstract:


In the spring of 2011, the UC San Diego Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) Implementation Team invited campus researchers and research teams to participate in a Research Curation and Data Management Pilot program. More than two dozen applications were received and the RCI Oversight Committee selected five curation-intensive projects. These projects were chosen based on a number of criteria, including how they represented the range of campus research and the various services they needed. The pilot process commenced in September 2011 and will be completed in early 2014. Extensive lessons learned from the pilots were used in the design and implementation of a permanent Research Data Curation Program in the UC San Diego Library.


Participants in the pilot program received services including: assistance with the creation of metadata to make data discoverable and available for future re-use; ingest of data into the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) storage system; ingest of datasets and digital objects into the Library’s Digital Asset Management Systems (DAMS) for long-term access and discovery; movement of data into Chronopolis; data object identifier services; and training classes.


In this presentation, we will discuss implementation details of these services, as well as lessons learned. We will describe the new Research Data Curation Program that has been created at the UC San Diego Library, based on these pilots. The Program supports data lifecycle management, one of the core strategic areas for the Library. The Program will focus on many aspects of contemporary scholarship, including data creation and storage, description and metadata creation, citation and publication, and long-term preservation and access. The Research Data Curation Program will provide a suite of services that campus users can select from to meet their needs. The Program will also provide support for data management requirements from national funding agencies.


Data Services as Information Services: or, Old Wine, New Bottle


Ivey Glendon

Metadata Librarian, University of Virginia Library


Michele Claibourn

Lead, Research Data Services & Director of StatLab, University of Virginia Library


Presentation abstract:


The currency of data in scholarly research is on the rise, and the data supporting research across all academic disciplines is increasingly subject to the norms and requirements for access and sharing that has long characterized the research output itself. In response to this shift, in July 2013 the University of Virginia Library announced the creation of a new library service to support data-intensive research initiatives at the University of Virginia. The new team, Research Data Services, is dedicated to the collaborative collection, management, use, and preservation of data across the research lifecycle, and offers coordinated support services and expertise for data-intensive research and teaching.


The growth of data-oriented research and of publicly-available datasets demands even greater data literacy across the institution. This presentation will relay how the Research Data Services team in the library serve and interact with the university research enterprise. Composed of data librarians charged with data acquisitions and discovery, specialists in statistical analysis and GIS engaged with training in the use of quantitative and spatial data, metadata and data management experts providing guidance and expertise on the creation of data documentation for preservation and dissemination, and digital media technologists supporting training in the use of media technologies to capture and transform data, the team supports researchers throughout the research data lifecycle.


We will discuss our approach to organization – seeding data services throughout the library rather than concentrating them into a single unit – as well as the challenges we’ve encountered in gaining recognition within the university as a voice in the developing discussion around quantitative research at UVa and a service provider in the rapidly evolving research ecosystem.


The presentations will be followed by a brief business meeting.


Maureen P. Walsh

Chair, ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Associate Professor / Institutional Repository Services Librarian

The Ohio State University Libraries

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Doug Way

Vice-Chair, ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Head of Collections and Scholarly Communications

Grand Valley State University Libraries

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