Supporting data literacy

Robin Rice, John Southall

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In Chapter 3, Rice and Southall look at new ways for librarians to increase their data literacy and interact with learners and teachers. The emphasis of this chapter is on the benefits of data awareness in extending traditional information literacy and bibliographic instruction programmes. Librarians are encouraged to advocate proper data citation and develop their knowledge of sourcing datasets to provide guidance and support on data discovery. The chapter looks at the importance of categorising data, provides tips for data reference interviews, considers the relevance of statistical literacy and gives an overview of good practice in data management. The chapter ends with suggestions for training in data handling, reiterating the need for reskilling to maintain data literacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Data Librarian's Handbook
Place of PublicationLondon
Publisherfacet publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781783301836
ISBN (Print)9781783300471
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • data librarianship
  • data libraries
  • data support
  • data literacy
  • statistical literacy


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