Understanding eScience: Reflections on a Houston Symposium


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  • We are a unique institution; a stand-alone library that serves the research needs of a multitude of academic and clinical institutions within the Texas Medical Center.
  • Part of our Library’s mission is to collect, share and preserve biomedical information; part of the NN/LM-SCR’s mission was to educate medical librarians about eScience. As their RML, The TMC Library was well-positioned to host an event about eScience. Sharing costs with NN/LM-SCR, we were able to host four speakers and an audience of 48 people for a full day symposium.
  • Our Fantastic Lineup of Speakers--
  • CHALLENGES:-Four different Powerpoint presentations –how did we get them to dovetail so well? Phone conference and PPs view.-We had a small budget, part from TMC and part from NLM< but we were able to accomplish a lot – we even offered two student travel scholarships.-We don’t have computational software or hardware to analyze and store data, but we do have an institutional repository.-We don’t have enough staff for a dedicated eScience librarian, but one of our future goals will be to inquire with our Administration about future possibilities of putting aside the budget for one.
  • Requests for further sessionsLaunched the eScience roles we are fufilling today, right now
  • Understanding eScience: Reflections on a Houston Symposium

    1. 1. Understanding eScience:Reflections on a Houston Symposium
    2. 2. Take Away…• Purpose: A new and emerging opportunity for librarian/patron research support• What is eScience?• What have we, as librarians, done with it?• What can you do with it?
    3. 3. What iseScience?
    4. 4. eScience is…• Data-driven• Multi-disciplinary & multi-institutional• Fuels the Research Life Cycle
    5. 5. Research Data Available Question Data ResearchPreservation Design Research Data Life Cycle Results DataDissemination Collection and and Description Publication Data Data Processing Archiving and Analysis
    6. 6. Librarians and eScience–Why?
    7. 7. Hosting a symposium
    8. 8. The Texas Medical Center Library
    9. 9. Neil Layne Johnson, PhD Neil Rambo, MLIS Translational Science Information Specialist,Director, NYU Health Sciences Library University of Minnesota Neville Prendergast, BGSc DipEd MLS Jen Ferguson, MS MLIS Director, Rudolph Matas Medical Data Services Librarian, Northeastern University Library, Tulane University
    10. 10. 79% -- "A” grade for Overall Effectiveness75% -- Met Audience Expectations69% -- Provided useable skills and knowledge
    11. 11. 66% -- Visited The TMC Library eScience website59% -- Planning their own eScience events35% -- Our symposium directly influenced their work in eScience
    12. 12. What are we doing now?
    13. 13. http://www.library.tmc.edu/escience/http://www.library.tmc.edu/escience/
    14. 14. http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/
    15. 15. Our Future Goals
    16. 16. Where can librarians take this?• Educate yourself• Establish eScience skillsets• Immerse your organization
    17. 17. 2012 Association of Research Libraries/Digital LibraryFederation (ARL/DLF)/DuraSpace E-Science Institute
    18. 18. Defining eScience Roles for Librarians• Data Managers • Consulting with researchers on use of data management tools• Liaison • Gathering information, setting up communication between stakeholders• Promoters • Providing information on eScience events and news
    19. 19. Take Away…• Purpose: A new and emerging opportunity for librarian/patron research support• What is eScience?• What have we, as librarians, done with it?• What can you do with it?
    20. 20. {QUESTIONS? Any questions?
    21. 21. {Thank You!Joanne Romano,MLS joanne.romano@exch.library.tmc.eduAllen Lopez, MSIS allen.lopez@exch.library.tmc.eduMaianh Phi, MLIS maianh.phi@exch.library.tmc.edu
    22. 22. Bibliography Data Management & Planning. Oregon State University Libraries. Accessed 10/8/12, http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1346-Data-Management-Planning?tab=515626 eScience Portal for NewEngland Librarians. Accessed 8/14/12, http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu/escience Hey, Tony, and Jessie Hey. “e-Science and Its Implications for the Library Community.” Library Hi Texh 24, no. 4 (2006): 515-28. Jones, E. 2008. E-SCIENCE TALKING POINTS FOR ARL DEANS AND DIRECTORS. October 24, 2008. Association of Research Libraries. http://www.arl.org/rtl/escience/ “SoutteReview” 2010. Newsletter of the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School. December 2010, Issue 34, page 1. TMC Library eScience website. http://www.library.tmc.edu/escience/This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library ofMedicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academyof Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.”