Joining in the Enterprise
of Response in the Wake
of the NSF Data
Management Planning
Requirement
Patricia Hswe, Digital Collections Curator,
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
and
Ann Holt, Graduate Assistant, Office of Scholarly Communication,
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Tresearchmanagement
he data plan requirement activated in January 2011
by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has mobilized many
libraries to develop and offer resources and services more
specifically dedicated to guiding faculty and students to meet this new
condition. At libraries, library associations, and data service organizations
alike, a spate of new or revised web pages, as well as webinars, workshops,
templates, and tutorials, has emerged in the months since the NSF’s May
2010 press release.1 A sense of urgency no doubt infuses this enterprise of
response—and rightfully so. Funder requirements cannot be ignored. Such
enterprise may hint at novel, even groundbreaking, roles for librarians and
libraries, particularly as subject specialists, data curators, researchers,
information technologists, and university administrators come together,
perhaps for the first time, to address the requirement in actionable ways.
Yet, it is also necessary and affirming to take momentary stock of the situation.
What are libraries already doing in this space that would be valuable to apply
and expand on? Who are the data specialists in our libraries whose expertise
could be leveraged for purposes of both “inreach” (educating librarian
colleagues in data management concepts and practice) and outreach (getting
the word out to faculty researchers that the library is ready to help)?
This article affords an overview of the new, leading roles libraries can
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