Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Strategies for Tackling Tough Data Questions

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Questions about locating hard-to-find data, including international data, historical and time series data, and microdata, are on the rise. These questions range across subject areas, including economics, politics, health, business, and agriculture, and in addition to the challenge of merely finding this data, users often lack general data literacy skills when first asking their research questions. When fielding these questions from students, researchers, and community members, it is apparent that no one-stop shop exists for finding this data regardless of topic. In this session, participants will learn about common questions and themes that users are researching, along with problem-solving strategies, tips, and techniques for how to approach these difficult data-related questions. These strategies are informed by the presenters' frequent collaborations in their roles as economics and data services liaisons, as well as their initial research into the complicated world of freely available international data aggregators and databases.


Alicia Kubas

Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Alicia Kubas is the Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also serves as the data services liaison in the libraries, helping users find statistics and datasets from various sources including government sources. Prior... Read More →

Jenny McBurney

Research Services Coordinator and Liaison Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Jenny McBurney is the Research Services Coordinator for Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries. She is also the liaison librarian to the Institute for Advanced Study and the department of Economics. Prior to this, she worked... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 105