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A lecture looking at the skills and characteristics needed to find success as an embedded librarian in a research setting.

A lecture looking at the skills and characteristics needed to find success as an embedded librarian in a research setting.

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  • Course Objective(s)
  • Class Objective (s)
  • The readings prior to your visit center on discussing the needed skill sets for librarians to engage in eScience/data management/embedded roles. If there is a specific blog post/reading on the embedded informationist that you would like students to have read before class or that you could recommend to us, please email me and I'll add it to the syllabus and will send it to students.
  • Add to this that the way we use information and data, in general, is providing a whole host of opportunities for new roles.USE = generate, create, utilize, manipulate, comodify, access, engage, take in, synthesize, understand…
  • Required Courses:IST 659 Data Administration Concepts and Database Management
IST 687 Applied Data Science

Elective CoursesChoose three from the specialization(s) of your choiceData AnalyticsIST 565 Data Mining
IST 657 Basics of Information Retrieval Systems
IST 664 Natural Language Processing
IST 718 Advanced Information Analytics
IST 776 Research Methods in Information Science and Technology
IST 777 Statistical Methods in Information Science and TechnologyData Storage and ManagementIST 558 Technologies for Web Content Management
IST 676 Foundations of Digital Data
IST 677 Creating, Managing, and Preserving Digital Assets
IST 722 Data Warehousing
IST 769 Advanced Database ManagementData VisualizationIST 553 Information Architecture for Internet Services
IST 719 Information VisualizationGeneral Systems ManagementIST 639 Enterprise Technologies
IST 645 Managing Information Systems Projects
IST 654 Information Systems Analysis
  • EXAMPLE:Monica and John - writers
  • Quote from “The Information Diet” – importance of creating information, not just consuming/using it


  • 1. New Roles / New RulesInformation Professionals in Research DataManagementSally Gore, MS, MS LISInformationist and Embedded LibrarianLamar Soutter LibraryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School HELLO MY NAME IS Sally
  • 2. TODAYIn this course you will explore the current relationships betweenlibraries and their stakeholders seeking institutional support managingtheir research data. Data-intensive science and research are providingopportunities for new roles to emerge for information professionals. Thiscourse explores these roles and services, and uses the case studymethod to prepare participants from all academic backgrounds for rolesin scientific research data management. This course aims to helpprepare information professionals for engaging with scientists and fordeveloping data management plans for their stakeholders researchprojects. The course examines the data practices of researchers inscientific fields such as biomedicine and engineering to illustrate howresearchers produce data, and how other researchers re-use thesedata for purposes of inquiry. We will explore the information tools usedfor research data management planning, research, data, and graduatestudent lifecycles, and we will explore a variety of strategies informationprofessionals are using to provide data consultancy services to theirinstitutions researchers.
  • 3. TODAY What is the library’s role in RDM? What is an embedded librarian? What is a data librarian? What is an eScience librarian? Who is a data scientist? (I really have no idea.)
  • 4. TODAY What do I do? How do I do it?
  • 5. Data-intensive science and research are providing opportunities for new roles toemerge for information professionals. e· merg· ing (e-mûr´jing) Newly formed or just coming into prominence. e· volv· ing (e-volv´ing) To develop or achieve gradually. tran· si· tion· ing (tran-zish´en-ing) Passing from one form, state, style, or place to another. Research & ? Information Scholarly Literacy Informationist Communication Librarian s Librarian 2005 2008 2012
  • 6. … the classic roles of libraries:• developing and preserving collections• developing access schema• developing services to meet informationneedsprovide an important base from which todevelop roles in eScience. The Data Deluge: Can Libraries Cope with e-Scien Marcum & George, editors
  • 7. … the classic roles of libraries:• developing and preserving collections • of what?• developing access schema • what’s metadata?• developing services to meet informationneeds  Build networks – how?  “Middle Man” – aren’t we cutting them out?  Data LITERACY – are we data literate to begin with?
  • 8. What do you think? Professionals need an array of other competencies. How much do the knowledge and skills requirements vary among roles? Let’s discuss!
  • 9. Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, Asst. Dean, Career & Professional Development UMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • 10. Varying Roles / Varying Skills Informationist  Embedded Librarian ◦ “Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in ◦ Community Engagement Research Section of Non-Adherent Women,” R01 CA-132935 UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science AIMS  AIMS • Improve effectiveness and efficiency of communication w/in  Build a catalog of resources on the team regarding data topic that will serve as a foundation for research, program • Articulate technology issues development, and education. related to implementation of the study  Knowledge management services including lit searches, bibliographic • Enhance information management, data organization, management, management, information utilization and access skills of organization, database design, and team members knowledge mapping • Assess value of an  Research and assist development of informationist to the research tools and/or means to promote team collaborations between researchers
  • 11. Skills (usual suspects)• Database Management• Database Design But then what?• Data Mining• Information Retrieval Systems • Improve communication• Natural Language Processing • Articulate problems• Research Methods • Enhance skills of others• Statistics • Build catalog of resources• Digital Preservation • Knowledge management• Information Architecture • Research & Development• Information Visualization What’s in your toolbox? Subject Knowledge and/or Expertise?
  • 12. It is not Apple* that is causing smoking to decline at theincredible rate that it has over the last 20 or 30 years. It is abroad network of people - some of them working forgovernment agencies, some of them just by word of mouth,some of them philanthropic organizations - that are kind ofspreading the word and getting people to give up thisdangerous habit. ~ Steven Johnson“Who Needs a Boss When You Have Your Co-Workers?”Megan Gambino Merto/Portrait by Nina Jacket design by Alex Subin *Read “technology and data”, September 25, 2012
  • 13. Kim, Y, Addom, B.K., & Stanton, J.M., (2011) Education for eScience Professionals: Integrating data curation and cyberinfrastructure, The International Journal of Digital Curation, 1(6), 125-138.
  • 14. emerging evolving Skills +transitioning Being entrepreneurial in spirit o creative o risk-taking Being self-confident Being inquisitive Being comfortable with ambiguity People Skills
  • 15. Traditional Non-traditional Take a class  Take a class, but… Earn a degree  WHAT ELSE?? Go to a workshop Take CE classes Go to professional Let’s meetings Read, write, talk to discuss! colleagues Job shadow But… Time & $$ Getting the Skills You Need
  • 16. On the horizon…
  • 17. TOP TIPSPersonalising Library Services inHigher Education, Priestner & Tilley, eds.
  • 18. READ
  • 19. WRITE (share) Blog posts Thoughtful comments Questions and discussion prompts on listservs Tweets
  • 20. TRY
  • 21. Questions?Comments?Thoughts?Ideas?Cake? Thank You!