Preparing Librarians for Roles in E-Science


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The presentation how librarians can contribute to the emerging field of E-Science and establish relevancy to information institutions. An overview of the field, resource links, Science Boot camps, and other opportunities are covered.

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Preparing Librarians for Roles in E-Science

  1. 1. Elaine R. Martin, DA Director of Library Services University of Massachusetts Medical School December 6, 2011
  2. 2. Highlights Librarian Needs Assessment  Researcher and Student Interviews NER Program Descriptions Challenges Lessons Learned New Projects in Progress Future Planned Educational Opportunities
  3. 3. E-Science Role Definition Questions What roles can librarians play in helping researchers and students manage and preserve data? What knowledge and skills do practicing librarians need? What are the new competencies for librarians in e- science roles? What are the new jobs? How can we create a community of E-Science librarians in the New England Region (NER)? How can NER help?
  4. 4. NER Librarian Needs Assessment Brainstorming session at regional E-Science symposium in April 2009 Follow-up Survey Monkey regional needs assessment conducted summer 2009 “What are the biomedical and science librarians E- Science web portal user needs and web 2.0 preferences in order to support the development and strengthening of libraries’ E-Science initiatives and collaborations?”
  5. 5. Researchers and Students Needs: Data Interview Questions How are data in the lab or research environment used? How do researchers manage, preserve and store data? How easy would it be to share the data with another researcher who needed or wanted access (e.g. data sharing plan)? What is the role for the library? IT? Other groups on campus? Case study development
  6. 6. Student and Researcher Findings Data were scattered and poorly managed Curriculum needed to teach data management to researchers and their students Assistance with NSF data management plans
  7. 7. Librarian Needs: Education and Collaboration Online tutorials for both E-Science related tools and background/content knowledge for librarians Continuing education (science disciplines as well as with respect to data management) for librarians Support from the library community (University of Massachusetts, Boston Library Consortium, and NN/LM,NER) for librarian sharing of role definition Source: JMLA 99(2):153-56, Apr 2011
  8. 8. Regional Program Response Initiatives bringing health sciences and science librarians together: E-Science Bootcamp focused on building science discipline knowledge One day workshops on scientific or data management topics based on existing research at campuses (stem cell; nanotechnology; data curation and management) E-Science Symposium (4th annual) NER Portal Project E-Science Librarian Community of Interest (COI)
  9. 9. E-Science Web Portal Project Regional Initiative with UMass Med in the lead Build a one stop shopping website for librarians to learn about science and data management
  10. 10. E-Science Web Portal Project •Educate Librarians about Science (tutorials) video
  11. 11. E-Science Web Portal Project Include current news and initiatives Highlight current projects and best practices Create collaborative using advisory and editorial boards to identify, link to existing and create original content Engage the librarians in New England (blog) to foster a community of learning
  12. 12. Data Management Curriculum Development IMLS grant to bring data management skills to student researchers (UMass and WPI); develop learning objectives and lesson plans for data management curriculum Identify data repository requirements for student projects (student data repository) Develop tutorials for web-based case-based data management curriculum
  13. 13. Data Management Course Module 0: Introduction and Need Module 1:Data: Types, Stages, and Formats Module 2: Metadata Module 3: Data Backup, Storage Module 4: Legal and Ethical Considerations Module 5: Data Sharing and Reuse Policies Module 6: Archiving and Preservation
  14. 14. NSF Data Management Plan: Library Impact Foster discussion around the implications for libraries and librarians Share model services in plan development Data Management Curriculum development Track changed librarian job descriptions Provide information on the portal, at the symposium and other NER venues NER creates opportunities for sharing plans, lessons learned, etc.
  15. 15. Challenges for E-Science Librarians Debate: How much science do librarians working with researchers need to know? For NER-How do you manage the collaboration? How do you teach data management? How do you engage the research community? Faculty? Students? Clinical Researchers? NSF Data Management Plan—impact on grant funding? What kind of assistance can the library provide?
  16. 16. Lessons Learned We need to partner (with science majors, science librarians, main campus computing centers, library schools, health science librarians, researchers, IT, etc.) We need to re-tool our staff with new skills in science (basic science knowledge and scientific process) We need to develop staff with skills in data management, preservation, metadata, etc. We need new kinds of staff – new job descriptions NN/LM, NER can create venues for collaboration and education
  17. 17. NER Research Projects (In – Progress) What are the librarian competencies needed to work in E-Science? What are the educational programs available to train E-Science librarians? Where are the gaps? Where can NER fill those gaps? What is the vocabulary for E-Science librarianship? (What are the knowledge domains?) Follow-up and response to the article E-Science Librarianship: Undefined; Can we define it? How will data management instruction take place?
  18. 18. Upcoming Regional Activities and Events Seek regional partners for implementation of data management curriculum Launch the Journal of E-Science Librarianship (anticipated January 2012) Assist NER Network members in creating a new professional identity focused on data management and preservation via educational offerings
  19. 19. April 4, 2012 E-Science Symposium
  20. 20. E-Science Bootcamp Science Bootcamp at Tufts, June 13-15, 2012 Astronomy session, Science Boot Camp 2011
  21. 21. E-Science Professional Days Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 Introduction to Metadata (May 9, 2012) Examples of uses of metadata by local area librarians Keynote speaker: Diane Hillman, Director of Metadata Initiatives, Syracuse Institutional Repositories (November 2012)
  22. 22. Journal of E-Science Librarianship First issue –symposium papers and posters Open call for papers Editors are UMMS librarians Reviewers are members of E-Science COI B-Press online publishing and reviewer system Coming soon!