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Title: Collecting Small Data
Author(s): Teper, Thomas H.; Hogenboom, Karen; Wiley, Lynn N.
Subject(s): Library and Information Science Data Services
Abstract: Local interest in managing data is part of a broader interest in exploring new options for acquiring resources that will meet the changing needs of our faculty and student communities. Positive developments (such as improved mechanisms for sharing holdings and a better understanding of the level of use expected of our physical holdings) and negative developments (such as diminishing numbers of librarians and tighter budgets) have converged and encouraged critical examinations of long-standing practices. Throw in the broader expectations of subject specialists for scholarly communications and user engagement so ably outlined by the University of Minnesota, Duke University, and others, and one finds a fertile environment — both locally and across our profession — for exploring new roles. In this environment, our community sees a renewed interest in cooperative collection development models, demand driven acquisitions, and consortial acquisitions, as well as a desire to explore different models for facilitating our librarians’ engagement with the scholarly communities that they serve. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explored the challenges of acquiring and delivering small data for faculty and student scholars. The University Library contended that there were commercially available data resources that were previously ignored in its acquisitions activities, that acquiring these resources would help prepare library professionals to serve new roles on campus, and that services associated with small data represented a new opportunity for our services to reach the scholarly community that we serve.
Issue Date: 2011-09-30
Publisher: Association of Research Libraries
Citation Info: Karen Hogenboom, Tom Teper, and Lynn Wiley. “Collecting Small Data.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 276 (September 2011): 12–19.
Series/Report: Research Libraries Issues, no. 276
Genre: Newsletter
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Rights Information: © 2011 Karen Hogenboom, Tom Teper, Lynn WileyThis article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-09-30

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