Data in Libraries: Data Basics and The Reference Interview

Wednesday, 3/4/2020
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (Pacific)

As the world embraces data, so must librarians. Increasingly librarians are facing reference interactions that necessitate or would be enhanced by, a foundational understanding of data. This webinar will serve as an introduction to the data reference interview, the advantages and issues involved in using data in a reference transaction, and how to approach issues of data literacy and validity. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How is conducting a data reference interview similar and different from a traditional reference interview? What are the primary elements to look out for when consulting documentation? How do I know if the data is reliable and valid?

This webinar is part 1 of a four-part series, Data in Libraries,

Session 2, Data in Libraries: Open Data

Session 3, Data in Libraries: Data Processing and Visualization

Session 4, Data in Libraries: Understanding and Working with APIs

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1: Students will be able to demonstrate the proper techniques for a data reference interview

Learning Outcome 2: Students will be able to determine what is needed in documentation

Learning Outcome 3: Students will be able to use data documentation to answer questions about data collections methods and validity

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians

Public librarians

Special librarians

Reference librarians


Bobray Bordelon is the Economics and Finance Librarian/Data Services Librarian at Princeton University since 1993. He leads a team to identify, acquire, catalog, preserve, make usable, and interpret numeric data. Princeton’s official representative to ICPSR; APDU; WRDS, and COPAFS. Provides intensive end-user training. He has been awarded ICPSR’s William H. Flanigan Award and the BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship. His activities in ALA include previously chairing BRASS and convening the ACRL Numeric & Geospatial Data Services Interest Group. He is currently serving as RUSA Secretary; Member at Large for the United States on the IASSIST Administrative Committee; ICPSR Council; Roper Center Archival Advisory Committee; and teaches in the ICPSR Summer program. Additional services provided were a decade of service with the New Jersey State Data Center and serving as director of the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive.



Registration rates are as follows:

Participant Single Webinar Entire Series
RUSA members $45 $144 (save $36)
ALA members $55 $180 (save $40)
ALA student & retired members $25 $80 (save $20)
Non-members $77 $256 (save $52)
Group rate

$99 single login, 

$38/per person multiple logins

(min. 2 people)

$336 (save $60)




How to Register

Register for this webinar online 


Register for the full series online


Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA-Program Officer-Continuing Education, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation.