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data services, libraries, LIDS


Research data services (RDS) are expanding across college and university libraries. To better understand the current state of RDS in R1 and R2 university research libraries in the United States, how they have evolved since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who is providing these services, this research project built an interoperable dataset, LIbrary Data Services (LIDS) dataset, to inform RDS development and assessment. The dataset records data service area(s) (e.g., Research Data Management), fifteen data service types (e.g., data management/data curation), and personnel and unit information gathered through website content analyses, alongside Carnegie Classification data.

How can the data services community build on LIDS? While the focus for this research project is R1 and R2 university research libraries in the United States, similar studies have examined data services in libraries at other levels of American higher education (Radecki & Springer, 2019; Murray, et al., 2019; Yoon & Schultz, 2017), and academic and research libraries across Canada and the United States (Kouper, et al, 2017; Tenopir, et al., 2019), Europe (Tenopir, et al., 2017; Yu, 2017), Spain (Martin-Melon, et al., 2023), the United Kingdom (Cox & Pinfield, 2014), southern Africa (Chiware, 2020; Chiware & Becker, 2018), and globally (Cox, et al., 2019; Liu, et al., 2020; Reilly, 2012; Si, et al., 2019). How can we work together to change LIDS to I-LIDS, the International LIbrary Data Services dataset? Can we better reflect the post-COVID data services environment in higher education globally?

This presentation will share the LIDS dataset with the international community to inform data services collaboration, service development, and assessment, and consider how they might want to expand the dataset to cover their region of the world.

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FY23 and FY24 University Research Grants


This was presented at IASSIST/CARTO 2024, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 28-31, 2024 (Session I4).





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