Finding Licensed Data Resources: the User Experience

Adrienne Brennecke
2020 Zenodo  
Libraries in the Federal Reserve System are looking for the best way to connect users with available data resources. The System licenses a wide variety of proprietary databases for use in economic research. Cataloging economic databases as if they were bibliographic electronic resources has been met with limited success. Beyond connecting users with the data, we also need to provide relevant supplemental materials and the terms of use. Many academic libraries use LibGuides or provide a single
more » ... st of data resources, but what do users really want?nbsp; How can we deliver all the necessary information in an easy-to-use solution? Where will users look to learn about data resources available to them? What specific information do they need to know? To answer these questions, a series of interviews will be conducted with data users to identify specific ways we can better communicate data resource availability as well as the terms of use. Based on conversations with users, the most productive interview questions will be compiled into a script for future outreach. This presentation will give an overview of the problem, the results of our interviews, and a script that librarians can use to gather user feedback.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3776938 fatcat:4xgs6737vff6bowrmfjg2wwb3m