Data services are an emerging function of academic libraries. These services may include (but are not limited to): data management planning, data curation, statistical software training, data visualization support, and data literacy education (e.g. understanding differences between data and statistics; methods of data evaluation; citing statistical references). A key function of the data services librarian is to build a consensus and understanding among colleagues regarding a need for and availability of data services. Such activities are important for liaison librarians who can conduct data services outreach with their academic departments. Liaison librarians can support the data services librarian, for whom developing relationships across all disciplines would not be feasible.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San Jose State University is currently in the process of implementing its first-ever Data Services Program. In this poster, the author will discuss the elements of the burgeoning data services program, such as data management best practices, as well as the collaborative phases of implementing such a program at an academic library.