Information Management

Immersion Session

Reach out to Elevate Your Research Data Management Services

Tuesday, May 7
4:30 PM - 5:55 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom A (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Supporting faculty and other stakeholders through research data management (RDM) services relies on building relationships. These relationships depend on a solid understanding of stakeholders' needs, clear communication about library services, and effective library strategies that support outreach. This session will share insights on building relationships around RDM and how to plan and market RDM services. Participants will concentrate on drafting their own outreach plans and role-playing strategies for effective communication.

Nina Exner, pa

Research Data Librarian
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Nina is the Research Data Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. Nina uses she/her pronouns. She has an MLS from NCCU and is in her final (hopefully!) semester as a doctoral student at UNC's School of Information and Library Science (and a BS in biology and an MA in global studies). Her research is on how academic librarians learn to do research. If you like talking about research - and especially librarian research challenges - then she'll gladly discuss it with you for as long as you're willing to talk!


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Jessica Koos, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York

Jessica Koos, MLS, MSEd, AHIP is a Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University, where she is the liaison to the School of Medicine, Program in Public Health, and Department of Biomedical Informatics. Her interests include research data management, scholarly communications, and consumer health.


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Shannon Sheridan, AHIP

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow
Drexel Universities
Danville, Pennsylvania

Shannon Sheridan, MLIS AHIP is a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow completing her second year at Drexel University. Her work and research center around research data management, instruction, and reference.


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Nicole Contaxis

Data Catalog Coordinator
NYU Health Sciences Library
New York, New York

Nicole Contaxis, MLIS, is the NYU Data Catalog Coordinator at the NYU Health Sciences Library. She works alongside researchers to make research data discoverable. Her main responsibilities include planning and conducting outreach events, curating metadata in the catalog, and collaborating with other medical librarians through the Data Catalog Collaboration Project. Her areas of interest include data sharing, data ethics, and community engagement. She received her MLIS degree from UCLA and is currently pursuing an MA in Bioethics at NYU.


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Tisha Mentnech

Research Librarian for Life Sciences & Research Metrics
North Carolina State University Libraries
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tisha Mentnech is the Research Librarian for Life Sciences & Research Metrics at North Carolina State University Libraries. She holds an MSLIS from Simmons College. Tisha works and advocates for ethical data practices, openness, equitable access to information, transparency, and intersectionalism.


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Melissa Ratajeski, AHIP

Coordinator of Data Management Services
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Melissa A. Ratajeski is the Coordinator of Data Services and liaison to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she provides support and training for researchers at each stage of the data lifecycle. Before receiving her Masters in Library and Information Science, Melissa was a Research Coordinator within the Department of Neurobiology/Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


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