May 16, 2022

Journal Article: “A Systematized Review on Data Librarianship Literature: Current Services, Challenges, Skills, and Motivational Factors”

The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

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A Systematized Review on Data Librarianship Literature: Current Services, Challenges, Skills, and Motivational Factors


Murtaza Ashiq
Islamabad Model College for Boys, Pakistan

Nosheen Fatima Warraich
University of the Punjab, Pakistan


DOI: 10.1177/09610006221083675


Data librarianship is becoming more common as a means of developing and integrating data-driven library services. Consequently, the academic and research libraries’ traditional role in providing information support and training has been expanded to include support in all aspects of the research lifecycle. Hence, this study systematically reviews the data librarianship literature focusing on current data librarianship services, challenges, skills, and motivational factors. A systematic review was conducted following the PRISMA guidelines. A comprehensive search strategy was formulated to extract maximum relevant results. The bibliographic data were retrieved from the Scopus, Web of Science, Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA), and Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA). Finally, 27 studies that fulfill the criteria were included in this study. The findings revealed that two main factors that contribute to the success or failure in this emerging data librarianship roles are skills, knowledge, and expertise; and limited support and advocacy from library leadership and higher authorities. One is on the part of library professionals who can develop the required skills, knowledge, and expertise and the other is on the part of library leadership. The library professionals are hesitant to embrace this new role due to non-additional benefits, no relevant job description, and lacking leadership support. Overall, the findings revealed that the data librarianship scope is dynamic and has been expanded, albeit the progress is slow. The theoretical, practical, policy, and social implications described that the data librarianship services tend to be improved, and the relevant skills, knowledge, and expertise should be developed. The policy initiatives need to be taken, improved, and expanded to advance technical services related to data librarianship.

Source: 10.1177/09610006221083675

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