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Data Librarianship

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Presentation for UNC SILS reference class on 11/3/2016

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Data Librarianship

  1. 1. Lynda Kellam Data Services & Gov Info Librarian UNCG 11/03/2016
  2. 2. • John Snow (not that John Snow) • 1854 cholera map • The Ghost Map Image in public domain: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F ile:Snow-cholera-map-1.jpg
  3. 3. Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes
  4. 4.  What is the educational attainment level of Hispanic women in Greensboro?  What languages do the people in my community speak at home?  Which schools in Forsyth, Guilford, & Randolph counties have the highest percentage of Latino students?  How many people are divorced each year?  What is the relationship between crime and socioeconomic factors in New Orleans?  What is the average size of households living in rental properties?
  5. 5. The “who cares” question
  6. 6. The “who cares” question What government agency, educational institution, or other organization would want to collect this data?
  7. 7. The “who cares” question What government agency, educational institution, or other organization would want to collect this data? Not sure? Do a literature search
  8. 8. The “who cares” question What government agency, educational institution, or other organization would want to collect this data? Not sure? Do a literature search Government statistical agencies
  9. 9. The “who cares” question What government agency, educational institution, or other organization would want to collect this data? Not sure? Do a literature search Government statistical agencies Data.gov
  10. 10. The “who cares” question What government agency, educational institution, or other organization would want to collect this data? Not sure? Do a literature search Government statistical agencies Data.gov Statistical Abstract of the United States (new and old)
  11. 11. What type of data source are they looking for?
  12. 12. What type of data source are they looking for? What indicators or variables do they need?
  13. 13.  What type of data source are they looking for?  What indicators or variables do they need?  What populations are they examining?
  14. 14. What is the time frame of the request?
  15. 15. What is the time frame of the request? Is the time frame realistic?
  16. 16. What is the time frame of the request? Is the time frame realistic? What is the periodicity for collection (quarterly, annually, every decade, or infrequently)?
  17. 17. What geographic areas are realistically available?
  18. 18. What geographic areas are realistically available? What are the other possible geographies if the desired area is not available?
  19. 19. Are the data sets freely available or do they require an application or fee?
  20. 20. Are the data sets freely available or do they require an application or fee? What are the limitations on the use of the data?
  21. 21. Are the data sets freely available or do they require an application or fee? What are the limitations on the use of the data? How was the data collected?
  22. 22. Pair up and read a sample question. Using the five data reference interview questions, what information do you have and what information would you need to help the patron? What questions would you ask the patron?
  23. 23.  What is the educational attainment level of Hispanic women in Greensboro?  What languages do the people in my community speak at home?  Which schools in Forsyth, Guilford, & Randolph counties have the highest percentage of Latino students?  How many people are divorced each year?  What is the relationship between crime and socioeconomic factors in New Orleans?  What is the average size of households living in rental properties?
  24. 24.  Kristin Partlo’s Data Reference Worksheet  Partlo, Kristin. 2009. "The Pedagogical Data Reference Interview." IASSIST Quarterly 33 (4):6- 10. http://www.iassistdata.org/sites/default/files/iqvol3 34_341partlo.pdf
  25. 25. American FactFinder SimplyMap or Social Explorer World Development Indicators Roper Center Data on the Run Compendium UNC GIS & Data Services UNCG Finding Data Guide
  26. 26.  IASSIST – international organization for data professionals; primarily social sciences but open to all  Research Data Alliance – international organization; primarily data management and science librarianship  ICPSR boot camps  Databrarians.org  ACRL data groups  NCLA GRS webinar series, “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian”  Numeric Data Services and Sources for the General Reference Librarian  Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice  Data Information Literacy
  27. 27. Lynda Kellam lmkellam@uncg.edu @lyndamk

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