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Title:Meeting Data Workforce Needs: Indicators Based on Recent Data Curation Placements
Author(s):Palmer, Carole L.; Thompson, Cheryl A.; Baker, Karen S.; Senseney, Megan
Subject(s):data curation education
data curation alumni survey
job placement
Abstract:iSchools have been steadily advancing data curation education and practice in response to workforce demands. This paper reports on a formative evaluation of the Specialization in Data Curation at the University of Illinois, aimed at understanding job preparedness and work experiences of graduates and areas for improvement in data curation education. Survey results are complemented by additional graduate placement analysis. Employment and career satisfaction were high. Internships, practicum, and assistantships were considered key employability factors. Duties emphasize liaison and consulting, user instruction, data management, metadata, and policy development. About half of all placements were in academic libraries, with the second largest group in the corporate sector. This study, focused on the earliest formal LIS program in the U.S. dedicated to curating research data, provides important evidence of data curation responsibilities in the workforce and perceived educational gaps that can guide planning, design, and improvement of data curation programs.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Citation Info:Palmer, C. L., Thompson, C. A., Baker, K. S., & Senseney, M. (2014). Meeting Data Workforce Needs: Indicators Based on Recent Data Curation Placements. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 522 - 537). doi:10.9776/14133
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Other Identifier(s):133
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28

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