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Research on the Characteristics of Research Data-related Service in North American University Libraries: Focusing on the Hierarchical Structure of Services, Job Titles, and Job Descriptions

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2023, 57(2), pp.453-475
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2023.57.2.453
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : May 15, 2023
  • Accepted : May 20, 2023
  • Published : May 31, 2023

Gyuhwan Kim 1 PARK JONG DO 1

1인천대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study investigated research data-related services offered by North American university libraries, focusing on service names, hierarchical relationships, job titles of service managers, and job descriptions. The study analyzed the homepages of 50 university libraries and found a clear hierarchical relationship between research data-related service names, indicating a clear structure for these services. The title of ‘librarian’ was most commonly used for the position in charge of research data-related services, and the job content of this position was found to be quite wide. Other job titles such as ‘specialist’ and ‘analyst’ were also used for experts in various research data-related fields. The existence of these job titles was seen as a way for university libraries to strengthen the expertise of their research data-related services. Based on the findings, the authors propose a service composition system for research data-related services in domestic university libraries. This system includes ‘research data service’ as the highest-level service name, with ‘research data management service’, ‘GIS service’, and ‘data visualization service’ as sub-service names. The authors also suggest that research data-related services should be provided through collaboration between existing university librarians in the early stages of service provision, and that new recruitment of research data-related professionals could be considered gradually.

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