2013 Awards for Excellence

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 4 February 2014


(2014), "2013 Awards for Excellence", Reference Services Review, Vol. 42 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR.24042aaa.003

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2013 Awards for Excellence

Article Type: 2013 Awards for Excellence From: Reference Services Review, Volume 42, Issue 1

The following article was selected for this year’s Outstanding Paper Award for Reference Services Review

"Demystifying the data interview: developing a foundation for reference librarians to talk with researchers about their data"

Jake Carlson

Libraries/Distributed Data Curation Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Purpose – As libraries become more involved in curating research data, reference librarians will need to be trained in conducting data interviews with researchers to better understand their data and associated needs. This article seeks to identify and provide definitions for the basic terms and concepts of data curation for librarians to properly frame and carry out a data interview using the Data Curation Profiles (DCP) Toolkit.

Design/methodology/approach – The DCP Toolkit is a semi-structured interview designed to assist librarians in identifying the data curation needs of researchers. The components of the DCP Toolkit were analyzed to determine the base level of knowledge needed for librarians to conduct effective data interviews. Specific concepts, definitions, and examples were sought through a review of articles, case studies, practitioner resources and from the experiences of the Purdue University Libraries.

Findings – Data curation concepts and terminology are not yet well-defined and often vary across, or even within fields of study. This research informed the development of a workshop to train librarians in using the DCP Toolkit. The definitions and concepts addressed in the workshop include: data, data set, data lifecycle, data curation, data sharing, and roles for reference librarians.

Practical implications – Conducting a data interview can be a daunting task given the complexity of data curation and the lack of shared definitions.

Originality/value – This article provides practical information for public service librarians to help them conceptualize and conduct a data interview with researchers.

Keywords Interviews, Librarianship, Roles, Terminology, Training


This article originally appeared in Volume 40 Number 1, 2012 Reference Services Review

The following articles were selected for this year’s Highly Commended Award

"Digital games in academic libraries: a review of games and suggested best practices"

Mary J. Snyder Broussard

This article originally appeared in Volume 40 Number 1, 2012 Reference Services Review

"Libraries atwitter: trends in academic library tweeting"

Darcy Del Bosque, Sam A. Leif and Susie Skarl

This article originally appeared in Volume 40 Number 2, 2012 Reference Services Review

Outstanding Reviewers

Jim Hahn

University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

John V. Richardson, Jr

UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, USA