The Role of Libraries and Librarians in Scientific and Technological Data Management & Archiving

Data sets are increasing in importance around the world. Funding agencies are adopting policies that the research article and data associated therewith must be publicly accessible. Additionally, at the end of the research funding period, the entire dataset must be available as well.  To insure proper identification, access, and preservation of the data set the principles of library and archival sciences must be applied to assist researchers to comply with these policy requirements and to establish new best practices within their disciplines. This program will focus on the issues raised by these expanding roles of Libraries and Librarians in the data management process.


The Science and Technological Libraries Section invites papers to explore this topic focused on the following themes. Papers that report research findings rather than individual case studies will have a greater likelihood of selection for the program.

  • Global expectations – what is the status of access to data on the international scene?   What is the potential for collaboration on the international scene?
  • Policy Development – what are the challenges of policy development on the university, national and international levels? Are there success stories and lessoned learned? What are the principles that underlie a strong policy development?
  • Education and Training – are library/archival/information science programs focusing on this new role of librarianship? If so, what is the curriculum? Does this attract a different interest group from traditional librarianship? Does it require different disciplinary background that has not traditionally been attracted to librarianship? What type of professional development is necessary for librarians already in the profession to cultivate expertise in the area of data management
  • Partnerships, collaboration, expertise – what new partnerships must evolve between research fields and libraries, within institutions and in the research process
  • Software technologies and tools – is there a common understanding of software or tools available to manage data? Is it a repository only or must it be something more integrated into the research process? What is the role of ORCID, Data Cite and R3Data for providing access to data sets?

For full Call for Papers and more on the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, please see the conference website.

We look forward to hearing from you with your Proposals for Papers!