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Library capacity for data curation services: a US national survey

Library capacity for data curation services: a US national survey The purpose of this paper is to understand the landscape of data curation services among public and academic libraries in the USA, with a focus on library capacity for providing data curation services.Design/methodology/approachThe authors conducted an online survey by employing stratified sampling from the American Library Directory. A total of 198 responses were analyzed.FindingsThe authors’ findings provide insight into the current landscape of libraries’ data curation services. The survey participants evaluated six capacity dimensions for both public and academic libraries – value, financial, administrative, technical infrastructure, human resources and network. The ratings the participants gave to these capacity dimensions were significantly different between academic and public libraries.Practical implicationsThis study suggests several areas in which libraries will benefit from further developing their capacity to successfully run data curation services.Originality/valueThis is among the first research study to address the concept of capacity in the context of libraries’ data curation services. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Library capacity for data curation services: a US national survey

Library Hi Tech , Volume 37 (4): 18 – Oct 25, 2019

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/lht-12-2018-0209
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to understand the landscape of data curation services among public and academic libraries in the USA, with a focus on library capacity for providing data curation services.Design/methodology/approachThe authors conducted an online survey by employing stratified sampling from the American Library Directory. A total of 198 responses were analyzed.FindingsThe authors’ findings provide insight into the current landscape of libraries’ data curation services. The survey participants evaluated six capacity dimensions for both public and academic libraries – value, financial, administrative, technical infrastructure, human resources and network. The ratings the participants gave to these capacity dimensions were significantly different between academic and public libraries.Practical implicationsThis study suggests several areas in which libraries will benefit from further developing their capacity to successfully run data curation services.Originality/valueThis is among the first research study to address the concept of capacity in the context of libraries’ data curation services.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 25, 2019

Keywords: Library services; Organizational capacity; Data curation; Data services; Library capacity; National survey

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