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Data as Collections

Special issue call for papers from Collection and Curation

Guest editor – Ayoung Yoon, Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis

Data has become an important part of libraries’ collections, in addition to the traditional information sources like books or journals. With the growing curricular and research interest in data, libraries are now expected to build a data collection that is useful to their user communities. However, developing, managing, and preserving data collection requires different considerations to traditional information sources (e.g., scope, cost, license agreement, acquisition policies, quality assessment, formats, technology and infrastructure, etc.), while providing unique challenges.

Previous work in this area focused a lot on research data management (RDM) at the libraries, particularly helping researchers address needs throughout the research data lifecycle. This special issue will add a new perspective by addressing libraries’ efforts to build data collections and the issues around these efforts. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
•    Strategies and challenges for developing data collections
•    Data collection development policies
•    Data management/curation practices in libraries
•    Issues relevant to access and sustainability to manage data as collection
•    Metadata for data collections
•    Impact of data on future collection development
•    New users’ needs
•    Training and staffing librarians
•    User education/service/outreach 
•    Institutional, journal, and funder policies relevant to the development of data collections
•    Licensing and legal concerns
Submission type:
•    Research papers
•    Opinion pieces or columns
•    Articles should be between 1000 and 3000 words in length. This includes all text including references and appendices. Please allow 520 words for each figure or table.

Articles for the special issue should be submitted to Collection and Curation for peer review.

How to submit a manuscript:
Collection and Curation is hosted on ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at If you are unable to find the information you need in the author guidelines or our author resources ( section, please email for assistance. Please quote the journal name, your contact details and the information you require.

For instructions on formatting your manuscript please consult the Author guideline (

Submission Deadline: November 20, 2018

About the journal

Collection and Curation (formerly Collection Building) provides well-researched and authoritative information on the rapidly-changing conceptions of what collection development is in libraries, archives, museums and galleries.
Relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:
•    ‘Collection’ and management of files and data by academic libraries, in the service of the research and teaching purpose of universities
•    ‘Collection’ of files and data for wider organization planning purposes
•    Academic library curriculum mapping
•    Collection assessment as part of wider library assessment
•    Co-operative and collaborative ‘collection’ of cultural heritage artefacts, including where technology enables innovative approaches
•    Public libraries as centers for civic engagement, digital inclusion, lifelong learning and for health and wellbeing information
•    ‘Collection’ development and the use of space.

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