Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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In Research Data Management Principles, Practices, and Prospects (2013). Council on Library and Information Resources. PP 43-63.


Copyright © 2013 by Council on Library and Information Resources. This work is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license


This study compares the relationship of four university libraries with their institutions’ data management policies, services, resources, and plans for the future. It combines an examination of public documentation and services advertised by the universities and their libraries with interviews of librarians involved with data management. Four members of the Association of Public and Land- Grant Universities of similar size were selected for comparison: Iowa State University, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The study identifies how and why campus collaborations were created and describes possible next steps for expanding or refining existing data management services. University-wide data management resources and services vary significantly depending on the size of the institution and other factors, such as the commitment of campus administration and faculty buy-in. This study suggests best practices and methods of collaboration between libraries and the universities that they serve.