Numeric Data Services and Sources for the General Reference Librarian
- Lynda Kellam, University of North Carolina Greensboro
- Katharin Peter, University of Southern California, USA
The proliferation of online access to social science statistical and numeric data sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureauâs American Fact Finder, has lead to an increased interest in supporting these sources in academic libraries. Many large libraries have been able to devote staff to data services for years, and recently smaller academic libraries have recognized the need to provide numeric data services and support. This guidebook serves as a primer to developing and supporting social science statistical and numerical data sources in the academic library. It provides strategies for the establishment of data services and offers short descriptions of the essential sources of free and commercial social science statistical and numeric data. Finally, it discusses the future of numeric data services, including the integration of statistics and data into library instruction and the use of Web 2.0 tools to visualize data.
General reference librarians in small to medium-sized academic libraries, especially those working with Social Science, Government Information, or Business reference