Abstract

For the last decade, academic libraries have talked with each other and with potential partners about their roles in helping to manage research data and their plans to expand or initiate research data services (RDS). Libraries have the capacity to provide these services, but the range and maturity of research data services from libraries vary considerably. In summer 2019, our team surveyed a sample of academic libraries of all sizes who are members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to find out about their current RDS and plans for the future. This study is a follow-up to surveys of this same group in 2012 and 2015. Our findings include the types of RDS currently being offered in academic libraries, the barriers that hinder RDS implementation, and staff capacity for creating RDS.

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10.5703/1288284317185

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The Time Has Come… To Talk About Why Research Data Management Isn’t Easy

For the last decade, academic libraries have talked with each other and with potential partners about their roles in helping to manage research data and their plans to expand or initiate research data services (RDS). Libraries have the capacity to provide these services, but the range and maturity of research data services from libraries vary considerably. In summer 2019, our team surveyed a sample of academic libraries of all sizes who are members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to find out about their current RDS and plans for the future. This study is a follow-up to surveys of this same group in 2012 and 2015. Our findings include the types of RDS currently being offered in academic libraries, the barriers that hinder RDS implementation, and staff capacity for creating RDS.