May 20, 2022

Preprint: "A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University"

Title: “A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University
Source: C&RL (College and Research Libraries)

Authors: Jeanine Marie Scaramozzino, Marisa L. Ramirez, and Karen J. McGaughey
Affiliation (All Authors): Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Accepted for Publication: August 2011
Anticipated Publication Date: May 2012

Academic libraries need reliable information on researcher data needs, data curation practices and attitudes in order to identify and craft appropriate services that support outreach and teaching. This paper describes information gathered from a survey distributed to the College of Science and Mathematics faculty at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), a Master’s-granting, teaching-centered institution. There was a 60%+ response rate to the survey. The survey results provided insight into the science researchers’ data curation awareness, behaviors and attitudes, and what needs they exhibited for services and education regarding maintenance and management of data. It is important that professional librarians understand what researchers both inside and outside of their own institutions know so that they can collaborate with their university colleagues to examine data curation needs.

Direct to Full Text Pre-Print (26 Pages; PDF)

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