The Data Librarian's Handbook
by Robin Rice and John Southall, Facet Publishing, 2016, 192 pages, paperback, ISBN: 9781783300471.
About the Book
An insider's guide to data librarianship packed full of practical examples and advice for any library and information professional learning to deal with data. Interest in data has been growing in recent years. Support for this peculiar class of digital information – its use, preservation and curation, and how to support researchers' production and consumption of it in ever greater volumes to create new knowledge, is needed more than ever. Many librarians and information professionals are finding their working life is pulling them toward data support or research data management but lack the skills required.
The Data Librarian's Handbook, written by two data librarians with over 30 years' combined experience, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian and offers practical guidance on how to collect, curate and crunch data for economic, social and scientific purposes. With contemporary case studies from a range of institutions and disciplines, tips for best practice, study aids and links to key resources, this book is a must-read for all new entrants to the field, library and information students and working professionals.
Readership: This title is for the practising data librarian, possibly new in their post with little experience of providing data support. It is also for managers and policy-makers, public service librarians, research data management coordinators and data support staff. It will also appeal to students and lecturers in iSchools and other library and information degree programmes where academic research support is taught.
Table of Contents
1. Data Librarianship: Responding to Research Innovation2. What Is Different about Data?3. Supporting Data Literacy [Sample Chapter]4. Building a Data Collection5. Research Data Management Service and Policy: Working Across Your Institution6. Data Management Plans as a Calling Card7. Essentials of Data Repositories8. Dealing with Sensitive Data9. Data Sharing in the Disciplines10. Supporting Open Scholarship and Open Science
About the Authors
Robin Rice is Data Librarian at EDINA and Data Library, an organisation providing data services for research and education based in Information Services at the University of Edinburgh.
John Southall is Data Librarian for the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. He is based in the Social Science Library and is subject consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy & Intervention.