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Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice (editors Kristi Thompson and Lynda Kellam) Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)


EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH has shown that given the complex nature of research data services, various university units and departments must work together to provide appropriate services to create, manage, store, educate, archive, and preserve research data. Organizationally, this can prove to be a challenge. One viable option for meeting these challenges is the embedded librarian model. In the research data services sense, librarians may be embedded into a faculty-led research group, assisting in creating metadata and managing active data; into the university research office, helping with federal requirements for open data compliance; and into a campus information technology unit providing assistance with big data transfer and data storage issues, to name just a few examples. This chapter provides a common framework that describes the responsibilities and skills of an embedded research data services librarian and then presents various case studies as examples of implementation.