Editorial Comments: “Yoon and Schultz’s analysis of Library data services webpages provides a data-informed understanding of how libraries are talking about data services. I recently redesigned the Library Data Services webpage at my institution, and I did an informal review of other library data services websites, but this systematic analysis provides even more insight. I’ll be looking to this article for guidance when I do my next redesign.” —Sara Mannheimer
Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites
Examining landscapes of research data management services in academic libraries is timely and significant for both those libraries on the front line and the libraries that are already ahead. While it provides overall understanding of where the research data management program is at and where it is going, it also provides understanding of current practices and data management recommendations and/or tool adoptions as well as revealing areas of improvement and support. This study examined the research data (management) services in academic libraries in the United States through a content analysis of 185 library websites, with four main areas of focus: service, information, education, and network. The results from the content analysis of these webpages reveals that libraries need to advance and engage more actively to provide services, supply information online, and develop educational services. There is also a wide variation among library data management services and programs according to their web presence.