E-Science: New Roles for Libraries


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The presentation features E-science competencies that are needed to manage and preserve data in medical and research settings. Elaine Martin, DA, Director of UMass Medical Center's Lamar Soutter Library, shows how librarians can take the lead in shaping new roles in libraries.

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E-Science: New Roles for Libraries

  1. 1. E L A I N E R . M A R T I N , D AD I R E C T O R O F L I B R A R Y S E R V I C E SU N I V E R S I T Y O F M A S S A C H U S E T T S M E D I C A LS C H O O L , W O R C E S T E RJ U N E 2 0 1 1E-Science: New Roles forLibraries
  2. 2. Characteristics of EScience Data Preservation Data Curation Data Management Large Scale Data Sets Large Scale Computing Team Science
  3. 3. Implications for Librarians Big changes! Increased involvement with the research community Setting standards for data curation and datapreservation Interlibrary collaborations Intercampus collaborations Regional collaborations
  4. 4. The Escience Space for Medical Librarians Pre-Clinical ( Helping researchers manage, organizeand preserve data generated from laboratoryexperiments) Clinical (CTSA) (Clinical research data)
  5. 5. Case Discussion: Data Interview How are data in the lab or research environmentused? How do researchers manage, preserve and storedata? How easy would it be to share the data with anotherresearcher who needed or wanted access (e.g. datasharing plan)? What are the issues for sharing data? Is there a role for the library? IT? Other groups oncampus?
  6. 6. New Roles for Librarians Use skills to integrate, manipulate, preserve, andreuse data sets Improve strategies for service design, quality, andassessment Collaborations and partnerships Embedded librarians with scientific knowledgeworking as part of a research team (biocurationist,informationist)
  7. 7. Needs Assessment What do librarians need to take on these new roles? Regional needs assessment conducted summer 2009 ―What are the biomedical and science librarians E-Science web portal user needs and web 2.0preferences in order to support the development andstrengthening of libraries’ E-Science initiatives andcollaborations?‖
  8. 8. Results: The need for education Online tutorials for both E-science related tools andbackground/content knowledge Continuing education Support from the library community (University ofMassachusetts, Boston Library Consortium, andNN/LM,NER)
  9. 9. Local Response Five Campus Initiative to bring health sciences andsciences librarians together E-science Bootcamp focused on science knowledge One day workshops on scientific topics based onexisting research at the campuses (stem cell;nanotechnology)
  10. 10. Regional Response Escience Annual Symposium NER Escience Portal Project Create a formal collaboration among area healthsciences and sciences librarians in New England
  11. 11. Escience Web Portal Project Regional Initiative with UMass Med in the lead Build a one stop shopping website for librarians Educate librarians about science (tutorials) Include Current News and initiatives Highlight Current Projects and Best Practices Collaborative Tools (Virtual community) Create collaborative using advisory and editorialboards to identify, link to existing and create originalcontent Engage the library community in New England
  12. 12. Next Steps: Regional Projects IMLS grant to bring data management skills tostudent researchers (UMass and WPI) Linking the data behind the journal article ordissertation to the written text (5 Campus project) Development of tutorials (biochemistry fordummies; explanation of the research process forlibrarians (UMass and library school students withscience backgrounds) Implementation of the portal Continue offering educational offerings
  13. 13. NSF Data Management Plan NSF requirement Implications for libraries Services to assist researchers in developing the plan(one on consultation; group instruction) Data Management Curriculum development Changed job descriptions
  14. 14. Lessons Learned We need to partner (with science majors, sciencelibrarians, main campus computing centers, libraryschool students, etc.) We need to develop our staff with new skills inscience (basic science knowledge and scientificprocess) We need to develop our staff with new skills in datamanagement and preservation We need to bring in to our libraries new staff withnew skills– new job descriptions
  15. 15. Director Role: Foster New Professional Identity Incorporate skills to organize, manipulate, preserveand reuse data sets into existing staff or hire newstaff with these skills Collaborations and partnerships—with Office ofResearch, Data Management Working Group onCampus, etc. Multi-skilled information teams to assist indevelopment of data management plans Embed librarians with scientific disciplinaryknowledge within research labs