Data in Libraries: Data Basics and The Reference Interview

Thursday, 10/19/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (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 three-part series, Data in Libraries.

Session 2, Data in Libraries: Open Data
Session 3, Data in Libraries: Data Processing and Visualization

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 collection methods and validity.

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians

Public librarians

Special librarians

Reference Librarians


Bobray Bordelon joined Princeton University as the Economics and Finance Librarian in 1993. In 2004, he added heading Data and Statistical Services. He directed the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) from 2006-2015. He is active in ALA, the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST), and the New Jersey State Data Center. He is the convener of the ACRL Numeric & Geospatial Data Services in Academic Libraries Interest Group. 



Registration rates are as follows:

Participant Single Webinar Entire Series
RUSA members $45 $108 (save $27)    
ALA members $50 $120 (save $30)      
ALA student & retired members $25 $60 (save $15)
Non-members $65 $156 (save $39)
Group rate $99 single login,
$38/person multiple logins
(min. 2 people)
$237 (save $60)









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Tech Requirements

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