Resource Database: An Overview for Database Curators

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Database Curators in Information and Referral (I&R) programs create and maintain community databases that detail the information that helps bring people and services together. 

This interactive course is for new staff at Information & Referral (I&R) organizations who will be responsible for the maintenance of resource databases. The course provides an overview of the activities of a Database Curator and an insight into some of the challenges of their position. Although they sometimes have different titles in different agencies, there are two main categories of staff within I&R organizations: Community Resources Specialists who work directly with clients, and Database Curators who provide the information needed by the Community Resources Specialists and other community partners. 

The course was written by AIRS staff member, Clive Jones, a former President of InformCanada, who is responsible for the AIRS Certification Program, in addition to assisting with training and standards development. It was adapted from material within The AIRS I&R Training Manual (copyright AIRS). AIRS is the nonprofit Alliance of Information and Referral Systems at www.airs.org.

Course Objectives

When you have successfully completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the functions and purposes of an I&R resource database.
  • Demonstrate how the AIRS Standards outline the processes and methods for ensuring database quality.
  • Describe the primary activities and skills of an I&R Database Curator.

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Main Course Content
Let's Assess Your Skills As A Database Coordinator!
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1 Question Rate yourself on 1-5 on how strong your abilities are in these essential Database Coordinator skills.
Part 1: Roles in I&R
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Organize the information so that people can search for the services they want in a variety of ways according to the factors that are key to their needs … such as: organization and program name; location; the people/group(s) that they serve; and the languages in which they provide services.
Part 2: Functions of an I&R Resource Database and Database Curators
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. The resource database is a computerized body of information about community resources for a defined population within a specified geographic area that is curated and maintained by the I&R service. The size, scope and content of the resource database, and the number of staff needed to ensure its accuracy, will partially depend upon the goals of the I&R service and the finance resources available to meet those goals.
Parts 1 and 2: Review Exercise
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass
Part 3: Structure of a Resource Database
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. A database consists of “records.” Each record consists of “fields” (sometimes called “data elements”). Each field consists of specific pieces of information about the organization, its sites, and/or its services. There is generally one record for each organization (or service provider).
Part 3: Review Exercise
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  11/11 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  11/11 points to pass
Part 4: AIRS Standards on Resource Databases
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Note that this section is taken entirely from the AIRS Standards version 9.0. These Standards were first published more than 35 years ago and are now in their 9th edition. The AIRS Standards underpin and bind together every aspect of I&R. The Standards are the prime benchmark of quality I&R. There are 27 Standards, including 6 Standards on resource databases.
Course Final Quiz
15 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  12/15 points to pass
15 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  12/15 points to pass
Certificate of Completion
1.00 Hour(s) of Professional Development credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Hour(s) of Professional Development credit  |  Certificate available