Library Liaison Teams for Data and Digital Scholarship Projects & Collections


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Library Liaison Teams for Data and Digital Scholarship Projects & Collections
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Taylor, Laurie N.
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Digital Library of the Caribbean ( dLOC )
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Gainesville, FL
Miami, FL
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Curator tools
Data migration
Data ingest
Project Management
Collaborative Teams


At UF, each digital / data collection is affiliated with one or more Curators or Program Directors, with collaborative support from the Head of Digital Development & Web Services and/or Digital Humanities Librarian. For scholarly digital projects and archives, teaching faculty partner and collaborate with Curators/Program Directors following the processes for their collections. This documentation provides additional information on the Library Liaison Team model and the consultative approach for digital/data scholarly projects and collections including digital scholarship projects, Digital Humanities projects and collections, Data Curation, Data Management, and other data and digital projects.

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The George A. Smathers Libraries at UF uti lize Library L iaison T eam s for digital/data scholarly projects and collections including digital s cholarship projects Digital Humanities p rojects and collections Data Curation, Data Management and other data and digital proje cts Library Liaison Team Members and Roles The Library L iaison Team includes at minimum 3 participants from the Libraries, and may include others within and outside the Libraries : 1. Subject Speciali st Librarian (s) o Liaison Librarian, Curator, Collection Manager for the campus unit(s) or research area 2. Liaison Librarian (s) for Subject, Function al, and/or Technical Area o Liaison Librarian with appropriate expertise and role (e.g., Dig i tal Humanities Librarian Exhibits Coordinator, Collective Collections Librarian, Scholarly C o mmunications Librarian, etc. ) 3. Technical Expert(s) o T echnology Expert from Digital Development & Web Services o Technology Expert from affiliated campus le vel group ( e.g., Research Computing, etc.) o Technology Expert from campus unit(s) or research area The L ibrary Liaison Team model supports and interconnects with the work by UF s Research Computing on building a culture of radical colla b o r ation a new model of interaction among computing specialists, support personnel, com putational faculty and faculty engaged in other research within UF and with its research partners 1 wh ich requires substantive new resources : to support computational specialists who can actively col laborate in the development of new resources for research. Ontologists, system administrators, developers, and data stewards will need to be available for p artnering in research. Faculty across the campus and beyond need new information resources to identify potential collaborators and build successful teams. 1 content/uploads/2012/03/research computi ng vision.pdf


Subject Specialist Liaison Librarians Each member of the Library Liaison Team may or may not be equally involv ed. In some cases, the only primary member may be the Subject Specialist Librarian, with others involved only in consultative and support capacities. Subject Specialist Liaison Librarians are essential members of the project team. They are ideally positioned to support faculty in identifying potential collaborations and building successfu l teams because t hey are uniquely positioned on ca mpus as cultural travelers who : are able to travel throughout the d ifferent campus cultures [ ] o ften act as bridge builders and translators between different groups. Cultural travelers have tremendous influence and insight and have deep awareness of w hat is occurring on campus. 2 Subject Specialist Librarian s are also essential because of their critical role s fo r strategic library operations where liaison librarians have traditiona lly undertaken thi s go between role 3 across many different groups that often operate in separate silos Building from the roles as cultural travelers go betweens, and connectors, the work of Subject Specialist Librarian s continue s to evolve to include significant and important work in serving as collaborative partne rs for all aspects of scholarly research, te aching and work especially with dig i tal and data projects T he Library Liaison Team model offers a team approach to support campus needs and to support Subject Specialist Librarian s in the changes and imp acts to their work T he Library Liaison Team model help s to build community and capacity for bridging these transitions with adaptive leadership where new demands are added, including a change in emphasis for liaison librarians is the need to be innovative and to develop thei r capabilities to operate in a new way wit h academic partners and clients 4 Because of their critical roles and unique positioning, Subject Specialist Librarian s are critical members o f the Library Liaison Team s. In some cases, the Subject Specialist Librarian s may identify that other team members show have the most minimal roles possible. A consultative role is the minimum level for the other members of the full team with the consultative role being necessary for building cap acity among the team and the li b r aries and to ensure all are informed and positioned to identify opportunities for collaboration leveraging of technical capa cities and integrations and more. 2 Larry Goldstein and Patrick Sanaghan Building 'Relational Capital Inside Higher Ed October 7, 2009 : 3 Page 120: John Rodwell, Linden Fairbairn, (2008) "Dangerous liaisons?: Defining the faculty liaison librarian service model, its effectiveness and sustainability", Library Management 29 : 1/2, pp.116 124: 5124&volume=29&issue=1/2&articleid=1641759&show=html 4 Page 121: Rodwell and Fairbairn (2008).


More Information T he UF Libraries chose to implement the Library L iaison T eam model to ensure full support for these digital /data collections and projects based on extensive work and experience on d igital/data scholarly collectio n s and projects ( including the UF Dig i tal Collections, digital scholarship projects, digital humaniti es projects, data curation projects, and other scholarly and library driven collections and projects ) 5 The Library Liaison Team model ensures the best support for all needs by having t he full team involved to represent support the needs from all perspectives ( including those specific to the project, research area, scholarly field, faculty involved, department or campus unit(s) full library concerns from many perspectives, technical needs, technical integration, etc. ) and for building towards a culture of radical collaboration The Library Liaison Team model is also related, connected and parallel to work by the UF Libraries in building a full culture of grants manage ment, with successful grant writing, grant project work, and optimal grant project alignment with institutional g o a ls for collections, staff development, and other areas 5 By 2008, the UF Libraries had created a nd developed the UF D i gital C o llections to a critical mass level for variety and volume, with many collections ( e.g., aggregations overall with labels for curator ease including collection groups, collections, subcollections, exhibits, institution s, institutional divisions, etc. ) items, material types, complexity of items ( e.g., digital objects with many items included) etc. and all of these represent and relate to many subject areas, scholarly fields, and research and teaching needs.