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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
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.
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.)
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
… 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
… 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?
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!
Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, Asst. Dean, Career & Professional Development UMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
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
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?
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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.
emerging evolving Skills +transitioning Being entrepreneurial in spirit o creative o risk-taking Being self-confident Being inquisitive Being comfortable with ambiguity People Skills
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