Maturing Research Data Services and the Transformation of Academic Libraries
A major development in academic libraries in the last decade has been recognition of the need to support research data management; but how has this transformed the role of libraries? The aim of this paper is to report recent research on how library research data services have developed and to assess the impact of this on the role of academic libraries. Questionnaire responses from libraries in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK and USA from 2018 will be compared to data from 2014 to see how the RDM landscape has change in that time. The evidence supports a picture of the spread of research data services, especially advisory ones.
However, future ambitions do not seem to have changed greatly. There is limited evidence of organisational change and skills shortages remain. Most service development can be explained as the extension of traditional and familiar roles rather than transformation. Yet there remains the potential for transformational impacts, when combined with the demands implied by other new developments such as text and data mining, bibliometrics and artificial intelligence. A maturity model capturing developments will be presented that summarises typical stages of development of RDM services, structures and skills.