Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries


  • Carol Tenopir University of Tennessee
  • Sanna Talja University of Tampere
  • Wolfram Horstmann University of Gottingen
  • Elina Late University of Tampere
  • Dane Hughes University of Tennessee
  • Danielle Pollock University of Tennessee
  • Birgit Schmidt Georg-August-Universitat Göttingen Göttingen Niedersachsen
  • Lynn Baird University of Idaho
  • Robert Sandusky University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL
  • Suzie Allard University of Kentucky Lexington KY



research data services, research data, data management, academic libraries, European libraries


Research data is an essential part of the scholarly record, and management of research data is increasingly seen as an important role for academic libraries. This article presents the results of a survey of directors of the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) academic member libraries to discover what types of research data services (RDS) are being offered by European academic research libraries and what services are planned for the future. Overall, the survey found that library directors strongly agree on the importance of RDS. As was found in earlier studies of academic libraries in North America, more European libraries are currently offering or are planning to offer consultative or reference RDS than technical or hands-on RDS. The majority of libraries provide support for training in skills related to RDS for their staff members. Almost all libraries collaborate with other organizations inside their institutions or with outside institutions in order to offer or develop policy related to RDS. We discuss the implications of the current state of RDS in European academic research libraries, and offer directions for future research.


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Author Biographies

Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee

Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor's Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her areas of teaching and research include: information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, and the information industry. She is the author of five books, including, Communication Patterns of Engineers, winner of the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division 2005 Best Publication Award, (IEEE/Wiley InterScience, 2004) with Donald W. King. Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles, is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and for 28 years wrote the "Online Databases" column for Library Journal. She is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST), the 2002 ASIST Research Award, and the 1993 ASIST Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. In addition, Dr. Tenopir received the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois GSLIS, the 2000 ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2004 International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Tenopir holds a PhD degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

Robert Sandusky, University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL

I am Associate Professor, Associate Dean, and Associate University Librarian for Information Technology in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously I was Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Suzie Allard, University of Kentucky Lexington KY

Suzie Allard is associate professor and associate director in the School of Information Sciences at The University of Tennessee. Her work focuses on how scientists and engineers use and communicate information, particularly in the virtual environment and across distributed work teams. Current projects center on science data curation, interdisciplinary scientific work teams (particularly in terms of data sharing) and science information cybersecurity. Allard is a member of the DataONE Leadership Team and the Board of Directors for the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. She is PI or Co-PI on grants funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, IEEE and others. Allard has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, spoken at venues around the world and published several book chapters focused on data curation and data science. Allard received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University at Northridge, an MS in library and information sciences, and a PhD in communication from the University of Kentucky. Before being in academe, Allard was the vice president of Research Frontiers Corporation which provided creative consultation services to the entertainment industry.



How to Cite

Tenopir, C., Talja, S., Horstmann, W., Late, E., Hughes, D., Pollock, D., Schmidt, B., Baird, L., Sandusky, R., & Allard, S. (2017). Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 27(1), 23–44.



Received 2016-10-22
Published 2017-02-14