Objective: Data management is a prominent topic in librarianship and therefore institutional libraries must incorporate this new area of scientific research into how they assist their users. This study looked at the processes medical and science libraries are taking to address new types of scientific research and provide needed services to their community.
Setting: The population for this study included the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Resource Libraries. Of the seventeen libraries, twelve are academic health sciences libraries: ten resource libraries are associated with Association of American Medical Colleges accredited medical schools, and two have long-established pharmaceutical and nursing programs. The remaining five are hospital libraries that serve multi-disciplinary health centers.
Methods: The forty-question online survey looked into New England Region Resource Medical Libraries’ services and programs for data management education and support. These libraries shared their processes for creating new data services and highlighted their institution’s needs and challenges.
Results: This survey resulted in mixed responses about the strategies these libraries are using to develop and provide data services. Results show few libraries currently integrate research data management into the libraries’ services, while others are still in the development process.
Conclusions: By understanding what this region is doing to support one of the country’s largest areas of hospitals and learning institutes, this information can lead to the understanding and expansion of data services to support the growing output and collaboration of scientific research and in supporting best practices and resources for data related areas.
- data management,
- data management services,
- data services,
- data programs,
- New England libraries,
- resource libraries,
- science librarianship
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/juliegoldman/2/