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Disciplinary Data Ascendant: Challenges and Solutions for Professionals Buying, Storing, and Accessing Unique Data Recording


The need for data is skyrocketing in academe, as researchers are increasingly moving beyond established data portals and archives in search of unique datasets that have not been analyzed by previous researchers. Social science researchers in business have been leading the way in securing this untapped, raw data from non-academic vendors. However, these new data sources pose a unique challenge to disciplinary liaison librarians, whose organizations have varying ability to buy, and infrastructure to store, data collections. Additionally, many corporate vendors are not prepared to accommodate the relatively inflexible needs of academic buyers. In this talk, Cynthia Cronin-Kardon (Penn) and Dan Hickey (NYU) will explore the challenges of building disciplinary data collections in business. Joining Cynthia and Dan is Jeremy Groen, Academic Solutions Manager at Data Axle. Data Axle is a marketing, prospect, and analytic database solutions firm that has worked with academic libraries to ensure that the pricing, licensing, and permitted uses of their corporate data offerings facilitate the data’s use for research purposes and accommodates the purchasing needs of academic libraries. Cynthia, Dan, and Jeremy will discuss trends and drivers in data purchasing and use in the business discipline, how librarians and vendors can collaborate to mainstream unique data purchasing, and solutions to common data collection building roadblocks from both a librarian and vendor perspective. Additionally, the speakers will discuss how emergent data needs are accelerating changes in the collection development and related duties of subject specialist librarians.

I have worked at the Lippincott Library at the University of Pennsylvania for over 25 years. My areas of expertise include international business, real estate, social impact investing and industry studies. My primary responsibility is collection development.

When not engaged in business librarianship I love bike riding and gardening.

Daniel is the Head of the Business and Real Estate Libraries at New York University. His research focuses on the intersection of information seeking behavior and needs of business students, with a particular emphasis on career information literacy and MBA candidates. He did his graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Science, and has previously held positions at The Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University.