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Petition for a SLA Data Caucus

Be a Founding Member of the Data Caucus!

Does your job require you to be involved in some aspect of the data lifecycle?  Or perhaps you are interested in gaining skills with regard to this burgeoning area of expertise for librarians and information professionals.  You may be interested in signing our petition to create a Data Caucus within the Special Libraries Association.

Information professionals are increasingly applying their skills in terms of organization, access, preservation, and management to data objects. The data lifecycle — creating, processing, analyzing, preserving, giving access and re-using data — has become the responsibility of information professionals in a new area of practice often referred to as data librarianship. However, data management is not limited to those with a background in librarianship: data practitioners can range from research scientists and specialists in cyberinfrastructure to the academic subject librarian who supports the research efforts of a single discipline.  SLA members charged with data responsibilities will form the core of the caucus membership. Data continues to permeate every area of practice, and it’s expected that the Data Caucus will include members from every corner of SLA.

Goals of the Caucus include:
Awareness of data lifecycles across all disciplines
Keep on top of new technologies
Market to individuals and organizations from venues outside SLA and attract new members to SLA
Provide structure and support for members conducting data projects
Partner with a variety of SLA units to conduct programming
Communicate to caucus members through established SLA communication channels such as a wiki, blog, discussion list and social media as appropriate.
Hold an annual meeting of the caucus at the SLA Conference.

If you would like to be a member of this caucus, please fill out this survey.
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If you have any questions, please contact one of the SLA members below who have worked hard to bring you this new caucus:

Elaine Bergman Past Chair, Social Science Division (
Marie Fraties-Block, DCHE, Michigan Chapter
Lee Pedersen, DCHE, PAM, RI Chapter
Kim Silk – Toronto Chapter, LMD, DSOC, DACA

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