Innovation & Research Practice

Immersion Session

Beyond the Data Management Plan: Expanding Roles for Librarians in Data Science and Open Science

Tuesday, May 7
2:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Room: Columbus CD (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Support for research data management (RDM) has become a popular focus for library services, and many courses exist to prepare librarians to take on new roles in RDM. However, fewer opportunities exist for librarians to develop the more advanced skills and expertise necessary to support data science and open science. Some libraries have been successful in developing such services, thanks to motivated information professionals with specialized expertise, but this type of knowledge is not currently widespread in the field, nor in iSchool curricula. This session will present the findings of a workshop that convened 15 librarians and information professionals with a range of expertise in data and open science at the National Library of Medicine, with the purpose of gaining insight into how to develop a library workforce that is prepared to move RDM and engage with issues and challenges in the emerging areas of data science and open science. The audience will not only hear about the findings of this session, but also have the opportunity to engage with several of the participants in a panel discussion.

Lisa Federer, AHIP

Data Science and Open Science Librarian
National Library of Medicine
North Bethesda, Maryland

Lisa Federer is the Data Science and Open Science Librarian at the National Library of Medicine, focusing on developing efforts to support workforce development and enhance capacity in the biomedical research community for data science and open science. Prior to joining NLM, Lisa spent five years as the Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she developed and ran the Library’s Data Services Program. An active member of the Medical Library Association, she serves on the JMLA editorial board and as chair of the Information Management Curriculum Committee, and was the editor of the Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians. She holds a PhD in information studies from the University of Maryland and an MLIS from the University of California-Los Angeles, as well as graduate certificates in data science and data visualization.

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Ariel Deardorff

Data Services Librarian
UCSF Library
San Francisco, California

Ariel Deardorff, MLIS is the Data Services Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco. She teaches data visualization and data management for reproducibility and is a member of the library's Data Science team.

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Margaret Henderson, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian
San Diego State University Library
Ramona, California

Margaret Henderson is Health Sciences Librarian, and part of the research data management team (RDM), at San Diego State University. She is the author of Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). She is a teacher, mentor, and content creator for the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She was the RDM director at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, and has had over 30 years experience as a biomedical librarian. She has given lectures and written papers about data and biomedical sciences librarianship and the future of the field.

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Elaine Russo Martin

Director and Chief Administrative Officer
Francis A. Countway Medical Library
Francis A. Countway Medical Library
Shreswsbury, Massachusetts

Elaine Russo Martin is director of the Lamar Soutter Library of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The library serves under contract by the National Library of Medicine as the Regional Medical Library for the six New England States, and she serves as the director of that program. Before joining UMass, She was director of the health sciences library at the University of Illinois-Chicago and served in various other professional positions in medical school libraries in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Washington state. Dr. Martin received her MSLS from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and her doctorate in library science administration from Simmons College, Boston, MA. Her dissertation is entitled, Team Effectiveness in Academic Medical Libraries: A Multiple Case Study. Her most recent research interests include using qualitative research methods to study the information needs of public health workers and the study of teamwork and leadership as they apply to academic medical libraries. Dr. Martin is a native New Englander. She is a member of MLA and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, having been elected its 2006-2007 president.

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John Borghi

Data Services Librarian
Lane Medical Library / Stanford University
Stanford, California

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