February 16, 2018

Supporting (Big) Data Research


Presented by: SAGE, ER&L, and Library Journal

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

As scholars use new digital tools and resources to expand their scope of research and teaching, libraries are evolving to support them. While some of these tools and resources reside within the infrastructure of the library, others sit outside of it. This is a trend that cascades across all academic disciplines, from the humanities to the sciences, with often varying needs from disparate researchers. These different needs have led libraries to develop a wide range of service models to support curricular and research needs at their institutions. Learn about these tools, resources, and services and how they can further your interactions with researchers and help you support curricular innovation. Engage in discussions with colleagues who are helping their libraries reimagine services and evolve to support for their communities.

Session 3: “Supporting (Big) Data Research”

As large datasets have come to be a part of the work and research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, scholars are rethinking their assumptions, values and methods. This webcast will talk about changes in various disciplines to help librarians think about what their evolving roles of supporting scholars might look like. Bonnie Tijerina of Data & Society will moderate and discuss the results of her work which asked the question: Can research librarians play a key role as a trusted partner in enabling data-oriented technical researchers to better address the ethical, privacy, and access issues that often emerge during the research process? Matt Zook will discuss urban planning and the ways people use and understand cities. Irene Pasquette will talk about the changing data practices in biomedicine, especially with the growth of open data. And, Mark Andrejevic will the disconnect between how researchers think about the data mining process and how people whose data is being collected understand it. With these perspectives, librarians can consider future roles and campus partnerships to support emerging researcher needs.


Matt Zook – Co-Editor of Big Data & Society journal and Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky

Irene Pasquetto – PhD Candidate at UCLA Information Studies Department

Mark Andrejevic – Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies, Pomona College


Bonnie Tijerina – Librarian, Founder of ER&L, and Researcher at Data & Society

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