May 19, 2022

New Journal Article: “The Data Engagement Opportunities Scaffold: Development and Implementation”

The following article was recently published in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.


The Data Engagement Opportunities Scaffold: Development and Implementation


Abigail Goben
University of Illinois at Chicago

Megan R. Sapp Nelson
Purdue University


Journal of eScience Librarianship
Volume 7, Issue 2


While interest in research data management (RDM) services have grown, clarifying the path between traditional library responsibilities and RDM remains a challenge. While the literature has provided ideas about services and student-/researcher-focused data information literacy (DIL) competencies, nothing has yet brought these skill sets together to provide a pathway for librarians engaging in RDM. The Data Engagement Opportunities scaffold was developed to provide a strategic trajectory relating information science skills, the DIL competencies, the stages of the data life cycle, three levels of RDM engagement activities, and potential measurable outcomes. This scaffold provides direction for librarians looking to identify their current abilities and explore new opportunities.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.