Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures Steering Committee Workshop

Libraries and Research Data Management – What Works?

A number of libraries across Europe have taken initial steps in the field of research data management. This has primarily involved developing support services and infrastructures to serve researchers’ needs and training sessions which have targeted librarians’ skills sets. Over the last year, LIBER’s Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures has collected a range of case studies investigating current practices in research libraries. Based on this examination of current practices in libraries, this workshop will provide a forum for discussing goals, strategies, and initial experiences. Lessons learned and follow-up questions from the studies will also be highlighted.

Questions covered by the workshop will be:

  • What main goals have you identified when developing your data management strategy? Any of LIBER’s 10 recommendations for RDM in libraries? How do your stakeholders benefit and contribute?

  • How do you activate staff for this new area of activity? Are new staff hired or do you rely on current staff skills?

  • What training strategies have been tested, and how does this link to on-going/future RDM services? Are staff actually using these new skills? What roles do you envision? (Are there any role models for them to follow?)

  • Is hosting research data part of your general RD strategy/policy?