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Building a National Training Program for Research Data Management

Monday, May 6
2:05 PM - 2:20 PM
Room: Columbus EF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : In August 2017, the NNLM Training Office (NTO) was awarded an administrative supplement to create the first Biomedical & Health Research Data Management (RDM) Training for Librarians program. The specific aim of this project was to improve the competency of information professionals in the area of biomedical and health science research data management through a rigorous educational experience.

Description : A data science librarian curated and organized existing RDM resources into an 8-week online modular course, developed, a capstone project and organized an in-person summit. A pre- and post-test assessed knowledge gained and post-course evaluations measured confidence gained in RDM expertise. A follow-up survey was conducted 4 months after the completion of the course to assess project progress, subsequent actions of students, and impacts to their institutions.

Results: Thirty participants completed the online coursework, a project, and gathered at NIH for the Capstone Summit. On average, students demonstrated improved knowledge of RDM concepts between the pre- and post-tests. Most students also self-reported increased skill and confidence. Hands-on, practical assignments with personalized feedback from experienced data librarians were the most valued aspect of the online course. Time required to complete weekly modules was underestimated and should be revised. Twenty (67%) of participants responded to the follow-up evaluation. Nearly all students agreed that the training increased their confidence in promoting data management services and in several other areas. At least of the respondents have used or plan to use the skills gained at their institution. Students who had completed at least half of their proposed project were more likely to have used or plan to use the skills and knowledge gained in the course.

Jessi Van Der Volgen, AHIP

Assistant Director
University of Utah / NNLM Training Office
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jessi Van Der Volgen, MLIS, AHIP is the Assistant Director of the NNLM Training Office at the University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library.


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Shirley Zhao

Data Science Librarian
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


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