The Problem of Data: iSchools and the New Data Professional

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The Problem of Data: iSchools and the New Data Professional

  1. 1. The Problem of DataiSchools and the New Data Professional A Fishbowl Event #iConf13 #CNFAE8
  2. 2. The Problem of DataSpencer Keralis Shannon StarkDirector for Digital Scholarship, Strategic Projects LibrarianResearch Associate Professor UNT LibrariesUNT Digital Scholarship Co-Operative shannon.stark@unt.eduspencer.keralis@unt.edu@hauntologist@UNTDiSCo #iConf13 #CNFAE8
  3. 3. Few researchers are aware of thedata services that the library mightbe able to provide and seem toregard the library as a dispensary ofgoods (e.g., books, articles) ratherthan a locus for real-timeresearch/professional support.Jahnke and Asher 2012, 4#iConf13 #CNFAE8
  4. 4. LIS will need to develop strongerpartnerships with domainresearchers, informaticists, andother stakeholders in the researchenterprise, to succeed at makingresearch data an integral andenduring part of the informationassets retained for science andscholarship over the long term.Weber et al. 2011, 6#iConf13 #CNFAE8
  5. 5. Less than 8% of the [LIS] coursesqualified as data centric. Based oncourse codes assigned by theschools, these courses tended to benew, and some did not yet appearin course catalogs [,] being addedby institutions during theverification process. Data centriccourses were rarely required for LISdegrees, certificates, or othercredentials.Varvel, Bammerlin, & Palmer, 2012, 2.#iConf13 #CNFAE8
  6. 6. Given the improbability thatstudents will encounter a data-centric course in their line of study,students must be committed toconstructing a data-intensiveeducation for themselves in orderto come out of most existing U.S.LIS programs with the skills andknowledge necessary to supportthe needs of data-intensiveresearch.Keralis, 2012#iConf13 #CNFAE8
  7. 7. Questions What are iSchools doing to  Is the MLIS the appropriate train data professionals? degree for library jobs supporting data-intensive What are institutions doing research? to address the professional development needs of  How can the various librarians? constituents in the data curation lifecycle What are the real skills collaborate to develop and libraries should be foster these skills in demanding of job emerging professionals? candidates? #iConf13 #CNFAE8
  8. 8. datamanagement.unt.edu/fishbowl#iConf13 #CNFAE8
  9. 9. disco.unt.edu @UNTDiSCodisco@unt.edu

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