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Anna Sackmann and Rick Jaffe will reprise the presentation, "Exploiting Expertise: Domain-based Data Services Training for Librarians," given at Digital Library Federation (DLF) in November by Anna and Jamie Wittenberg. The question: How best to prepare librarians to assist researchers with data management issues in their subject domains? The readings describe the current need for RDM support in libraries, and training approaches developed at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. The presenters hope to generate a discussion of where RDM fits within the Library and within Research IT.

When: Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 from 12 - 1pm

Where: 200C Warren Hall, 2195 Hearst St (see building access instructions on parent page).
What: RDM Librarian Training Program
Presenting: Anna Sackmann and Rick Jaffe

Please review prior to the meeting:

  1. Setting the stage: "Leading Change in the System of Scholarly Communication"
  2. University wide: "Research Data Management Initiatives at the University of Edinburgh"
  3. Library Education: "Learning by Teaching about RDM: An Active Learning Model for Internal Library Education"


Presenting: Anna Sackmann (Library); Rick Jaffe (Research IT)


Aaron Culich, Research IT
Aron Roberts, Research IT
Chris Hoffman, Research IT
Cody Hennesey, Library
David Greenbaum, Research IT
Jason Christopher, Research IT
Maurice Manning, Research IT
Patrick Schmitz, Research IT
Quinn Dombrowski, Research IT
Scott Peterson, Doe Library
Steve Masover, Research IT
Yasmin AlNoamany, Library

Next Up: MMM, using Globus and Box APIs to move data in and out of the BRC computing infrastructure

(see slide deck, PDF)

Trainings followed organizational divisions of the library: Social Sciences, Life & Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Arts & Humanities -- approaching division heads for each of these (under AUL Beth DuPuis). Someone from each division helped develop curriculum (~10 hours of time contributed), and served as liaison to her/his colleagues in The Library. Surveyed in advance the librarian-participants to identify priorities among a set of RDM (Research Data Management) topics.

Bibliometric Visualization: author-networks. Useful to researchers in discovering possible (unknown) collaborators; for librarians, these networks reveal opportunities for collection development, surface collaboration opportunities between Universities whose researchers collaborate across the institutions.


Maurice: Why isn't there a Berkeley Git repository?
Rick: One is coming.

Patrick: What plans to offer training beyond librarians? Can lessons coming out of these workshops apply among other departments, support staff?
Anna: A set of training modules are in development. They'll include some of the material used in these workshops.
Chris: Training with research communities is in the works. E.g., biostats research grant; CNR; in discussion with Kevin Koy at BIDS about Data Science oriented opportunities.

David: How do librarians in the four divisions gather information from faculty and researchers about what they need? Are there conversations across the divisions?
Anna: Division heads & some specific librarians work most closely with faculty, but starting in ~2006/2007 librarians began to dig into these questions and literature has evolved to describe these needs.
Cody: There's some cross-division conversation, esp. in the collections area; but a lot of the research methods work is subject librarians talking with faculty in the areas they serve specifically.

David: How do you know you have a good relationship with faculty or researchers you serve, that you have a good relationship.
Cody: Being contacted and asked for help is a strong sign. Being asked to visit graduate school classrooms.
Anna: How much are you in contact with dept heads, faculty.

Steve: Did the participants feel they had learned things they could use immediately in the workshops; and what, if any, additional topics surfaced that they wanted to learn about?
Anna: Division Head pre-discussion and surveys informed the shaping of curriculum to address their expressed needs.
Rick: Discussion in earlier sessions informed the development of topics later in the series ("in flight changes"). Arts and Humanities, for example, wanted more concrete topics and outcomes than other divisions.
Anna: Some of the participants want to come away with decision trees: if this is the problem, then do/recommend that.

Chris: At DLF in the Fall, how did the presentation go, how was the discussion, did it look like a community of librarians might be evolving to better address RDM concerns.
Anna: Yes. North Carolina, training for librarians. U Michigan presented on a program similar to ours. ~100 people in the room. Good questions, comments. People were interested in research data services in libraries. Seems clear to me that library positions will need to change for this to happen; and indeed it is happening, where subject specialists have an additional speciality in data expertise. I think this is a good and necessary trend.
Anna: U Kansas has done away with subject-oriented librarians, and has more method-focused librarians.
Cody: A fundamental value of the library is to not move too quickly. E.g., not to ditch printed books when e-books became the rage. This is part of the library's role as a long-lasting institution oriented very much to preservation of knowledge resources.

(Discussion of balance of RDM responsibilities and expertise between Library and Research IT; see slide "Drivers of RDM Initiatives")

(Discussion of role of and relationship with CDL.)


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