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Numeric Data Services and Sources for the General Reference Librarian - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843345800, 9781780632599

Numeric Data Services and Sources for the General Reference Librarian

1st Edition

Authors: Lynda Kellam Katharin Peter
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345800
eBook ISBN: 9781780632599
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 26th May 2011
Page Count: 248
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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • List of figures and tables
  • About the authors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to data services and sources
    • Abstract:
    • History of support for numeric data
    • Data definitions
  • Chapter 2: Supporting statistical and numeric data services and sources
    • Abstract:
    • Environmental scanning
    • Levels of service
    • Models of support
    • Marketing and assessing data services
    • Future directions
  • Chapter 3: Reference and instruction for data sources
    • Abstract:
    • The reference interview and data
    • Data instruction
    • Statistical and data literacy
  • Chapter 4: Basic sources for supporting numeric data services
    • Abstract:
    • Producers of statistics
    • Types of sources
    • Search strategies
    • List of sources
    • Quick start to finding statistics and data
    • International
    • European Union and United Kingdom
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Other parts of the world
    • Special topics
    • Locating spatial data
  • Chapter 5: Data librarianship: a day in the life
    • Abstract:
  • Chapter 6: The future for numeric data services
    • Abstract:
    • Visualization
    • Preservation of data
    • Data citation
    • The future is data
  • Appendix A: Respondents’ institutional profiles and full responses
  • Appendix B: Selected annotated bibliography
  • Index


The proliferation of online access to social science statistical and numeric data sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s 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.

Key Features

  • Written for a general reference audience with little knowledge of data services and sources who would like to incorporate support into their general reference practice
  • Combines information on establishing data services with an introduction to available statistical and numeric data sources
  • Provides insight into the integration of statistics and data into library instruction and the social science research process


General reference librarians in small to medium-sized academic libraries, especially those working with Social Science, Government Information, or Business reference


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There is a lot of helpful guidance on regular aspects of libraries in the context of data librarianship. I would recommend this to academic and research librarians, but think it is relevant to all reference librarians., Refer
There are far too few books that strike one as perfect. This is one of the few., Reference Reviews

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About the Authors

Lynda Kellam

Lynda M. Kellam is the Data Services and Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s University Libraries. She is UNCG’s first data librarian with the mandate to create and develop data services for the Reference and Instructional Services Department. In addition to providing research assistance and instruction on data and government sources, she is the library instruction liaison to the Political Science Department, the Environmental Studies program, and the pre-Law program. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She serves on the conference planning committee for the International Association of Social Science Information Services and Technology, the primary data librarianship association, and works closely with the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table. She was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2010 and received the Association of College and Research Libraries Librarian Scholarship in 2009. She is also a member of the American Political Science Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Katharin Peter

Katharin Peter, University of Southern California, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern California, USA