The Data Engagement Opportunities Scaffold: Development and Implementation

Abigail Goben, Megan Sapp Nelson

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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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1128
JournalJournal of eScience Librarianship
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 16 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • research data management
  • engaged liaisons
  • data librarians
  • research data
  • RDM
  • data engagement


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