Data Curation as a Form of Collaborative Research

ACRL Research Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA
Sunday, June 24, 2012, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the ACRL Research Program Committee
and the Science and Technology Section

Speakers: D. Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Library Science, Purdue University; Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Patricia Hswe, Digital Collections Curator, The Pennsylvania State University; Sophia Krzys Acord, Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida

Moderator:  Sheril Hook, Curriculum Development Coordinator, University of Toronto Mississauga; Chair, ACRL Research Program Committee

Program summary:

Data curation involves managing digital research data to facilitate access, dissemination, and preservation of information content and context. Librarians can engage with academic researchers in organizing, describing, and preserving research data from beginning to end of a project. This program examines data curation research opportunities for librarians, including the skills and knowledge needed for effective data curation; collaborative relationships between librarians and academic researchers; and approaches to data curation within the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

 D. Scott Brandt is a professor of library science and associate dean for research in the Purdue University Libraries. As acting director of the Distributed Data Curation Center, he oversees efforts to investigate issues of organizing, facilitating access to, and archiving research data and data sets in complex environments. Prior to arriving at Purdue in 1993 he was associate head of the Science and Engineering Libraries at MIT. He received his MLS at Indiana University, and is the author of numerous journal articles and two books, Teaching Technology (2002) and Unix in Libraries (1991).

Harriett Green is the English and Digital Humanities Librarian and assistant professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the usability of digital humanities tools and collections, research methods of humanities scholars, and humanities data curation. 

Her current research projects include serving on the research teams for the Bamboo Technology Project and Hathi Trust Research Center. She is professionally active in ALA, ACRL, RUSA, the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH), Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC), and the Modern Language Association (MLA). She earned her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, and also holds a M.A. in Humanities/Creative Writing from the University of Chicago and B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard College.

 Patricia Hswe is Digital Collections Curator at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries. She leads the Libraries’ efforts in planning, developing, and implementing user-focused services to enable the effective creation, sharing, discovery, and use of digital scholarly content. Her chief areas of attention are digitized collections access and management activities; development of publishing and curation services to make broadly accessible the intellectual assets of Penn State’s faculty and students; and leadership in development and implementation of data management services. She also contributes to outreach and programming activities about issues in research data curation and in scholarly communications. A former CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow, she has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale.
Sophia Krzys Acord is Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida, where she works in program development and evaluation to support the Center's host of activities and increase the profile of humanities scholarship at UF and in the broader community. Dr. Acord holds PhD and MRes degrees in Sociology from the University of Exeter (UK) and a BA from Swarthmore College. Prior to Florida, Dr. Acord was a Specialist Researcher at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded projects examining the Future of Scholarly Communication, and Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing. Dr. Acord’s current research examines the production of knowledge in the arts and humanities disciplines, and she has published work in the sociology of the arts and culture, museum studies, qualitative research methods, and mobile technologies. Dr. Acord also edits the refereed open-access journal Music and Arts in Action (MAiA).