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Like many academic libraries, new services and jobs are being driven by the latest developments in the worlds of science and the humanities. In a 2010 press release, the National Science Foundation announced that it would require a data management plan as a supplementary two page document to grant submissions. NSF’s decision was driven by e-Science. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as large scale and intensely computational science carried out often on the Internet and research shared across disciplines and with diverse data practices from different research communities. The second movement is the digital humanities, loosely defined as a learning community focused on reflexive engagements with digital tools and methods to investigate the humanities giving rise to a number of initiatives such as the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Both compel academic libraries to re-assess how they serve researchers’ data needs and call for new service models. Innovative services from catalog/metadata units are particularly significant because both initiatives require knowledge of and seek help in metadata. In this chapter, I will explore the impacts of e-Science and the Digital Humanities that result in original services such as reference, consultation, instruction, planning, documentation, ontologies, or metadata creation and maintenance that allow for collaboration within the library and beyond.


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