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Objectives: The primary objectives of this study are to gauge the various levels of Research Data Service academic libraries provide based on demographic factors, gauging RDS growth since 2011, and what obstacles may prevent expansion or growth of services.

Methods: Survey of academic institutions through stratified random sample of ACRL library directors across the U.S. and Canada. Frequencies and chi-square analysis were applied, with some responses grouped into broader categories for analysis.

Results: Minimal to no change for what services were offered between survey years, and interviews with library directors were conducted to help explain this lack of change.

Conclusion: Further analysis is forthcoming for a librarians study to help explain possible discrepancies in organizational objectives and librarian sentiments of RDS.


research data service, data management, libraries and data sets

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Figure 1. Percentage of libraries in 2014 currently offering, planning to offer, or not planning to offer RDS: Informational/consultative services

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Figure 2. Percentage of libraries in 2014 currently offering, planning to offer, or not planning to offer RDS: Technical services

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Figure 3. Percentage of libraries currently offering RDS who institutions receive less than $50 million in annual external funding versus those whose institutions receive $50 million or more in annual external funding

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Appendix A. Survey Instrument

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Appendix B. Interview Template & Informed Consent Sheet