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Objective: In light of academic libraries expanding the data services they offer, this article hopes to improve the understanding of data practices, challenges and future needs of academic library user groups.

Setting, Design and Method: In the fall of 2013, librarians and campus grant specialist conducted an institution wide web-based survey at the University of Kansas, a major public research institution, with several hundred respondents.

Results: Graduate students and faculty members report differences in their data practices, research challenges and data-related needs.

Conclusions: Academic libraries should target data services to the interests and needs of their distinct user groups.


data services, data management, academic libraries, faculty, graduate students

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This article was formally corrected on July 28, 2015 to correct minor formatting and citation errors. The HTML and PDF versions of this article were corrected on January 26, 2018 to change the Creative Commons license from CC BY-NC-SA to CC BY at the author's request.

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