Buying the Haystack: New Roles for Academic Business Libraries

Meg Trauner


Academic libraries have long been responsible for purchasing and licensing web-based databases, making them available to all students and faculty at their universities.  Now, a growing number of faculty seeking unique data for their research are requesting stand-alone, locally hosted data sets that are useful to only a few researchers.  These data sets are often unavailable on WRDS, cannot be licensed for the whole campus, and may require the intervention of a librarian to make them accessible for research.  Playing a role in providing one-off data sets to individuals or small groups of faculty offers opportunities for academic business libraries to create new value for their users, but the role also comes with challenges


data sets, research, faculty

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