Strengths (Internal & Present)
Campus trusts Library more than IT
The Library is willing to try anything
The Library is well-versed in data management knowledge; has 2 librarians and a programmer analyst focused digital curation
The Library has conducted a survey and has knowledge of the campus climate in terms of data management and needs (baseline needs assessment done)
The Library has a pilot with M Dawson: little bit of traction
The Library has a good connection with humanities faculty
The Library was born digital and isn’t burdened by legacy obligations
Our faculty understand the need to be digital
The library has the moral support of UCM administration to take the lead on DM
The library has a strong reputation of customer service and user orientation
Library has access to UC resources: CDL/UC3 and SDSC; UCB and LBNL
Weaknesses (Internal & Present)
The library lacks diversity of disciplinary expertise, the sciences in particular
The library lacks specific technical expertise: visualization, GIS, programming and database design
The library lacks tools and resources for data clean-up and formatting, processing of data
The library has a lack of IT infrastructure—could not just create a repository
The library has a lack of experience in doing full services or repository at large scale
The library lacks external communication and marketing—no established communication channels.
The library has a broad mission without enough resources: FTE, funding, infrastructure, space.
The library has not received new funding for FTE since 2007 (5 years ago). This doesn’t address doubled campus growth, and amounts to a net reduction in funding.
The library lacks granular knowledge of curriculum/requirements
Opportunities (External & Future)
Increased awareness and exposure for the library
Increased relevance for the library
Opportunities for growth and greater campus involvement
Data management is a long-term role for the library
Data mandates from funding agencies are forcing the faculty’s hand
Campus focusing of priorities is an opportunity for us to narrow our mission and direct our focus
New Provost/EVC has strong emphasis on data, Big Data
The VCR supports the Library taking the lead on data management for the campus
Several Deans/Directors alluded to potential possibilities and projects for library involvement:
Campus IT, no one else on campus has filled this gap
Explore hiring postdocs or temporary subject/domain experts
Threats (External & Future)
Lack of contact with science researchers, i.e. no subject librarians
Lack of domain knowledge
Lack of infrastructure as campus: bandwidth, storage, computing
Lack of buy-in from researchers: do they see the point of data management services and library as filling that role
Many options for data storage invites chaos, security risks
Budget in CA is a threat
Faculty governance culture is a threat
Our relationship with IT
Campus strategic plan is not yet defined. Foci and priorities may change
Campus IT strategy is not yet defined. Difficult to know scope of consolidation, impact and roles/responsibilities across boundaries.
There is a threat of CDL funding being cut.
There is a threat of continued limited resources or continued squeeze of funding.
Without carrot/stick from funding agencies, researchers would not even bother with archiving data.
Faculty don’t pay attention to communication. The library needs to invest considerable effort in individual follow-up and diversified communication channels.