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Data Science Training for Library and Information Science Graduate Students and Practicing Health Sciences Librarians

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The Department of Biomedical Informatics, and the Department of Information Science, University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, received funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to develop curricula to teach graduate students and health sciences librarians (LIS) the skills needed to work in the data science ecosystem. The goal is to expand the employability of participants by offering them the opportunity to develop new expertise in one of five data science domains: data analytics, data management, data archiving/curation, data visualization, and terminology/ontology, and to receive micro-credentials for completing the training.
The initial phase of the project identified the essential didactic areas. These were matched to UB’s course catalog, and vetted for suitability and appropriateness. Courses not currently available at UB will be developed. Courses will be taught online. The rational for selecting the courses will be presented in the context of each micro-credential. Because UB views a micro-credential as a "credit-bearing program that may ‘stack into’ a larger certificate or degree program, it is essential to ensure that the courses meet the highest standards of excellence.
The environmental scan of UB’s catalog identified 26 potential courses across all graduate programs. An assessment of each course narrowed down the number of useable courses to 8. UB and two other NLM informatics training programs are developing mini-courses to train health professionals data science skills. We will incorporate these courses into the training program, thereby creating a diverse educational experience to support the micro-credentials.
The data science program will offer new professional development and continuing education pathways for LIS students and professionals. Each micro-credential will prepare these individuals to support an institution’s clinical and scientific research enterprise by providing new services and partnerships with data science researchers. The program also will retain a valued cadre of health sciences professionals who will contribute to the health of our communities, and preserve the well-respected capabilities for which librarians are known.
The curriculum will provide LIS students and professionals with the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to work as data science librarians. The micro-credentials and digital badges will document each learner’s knowledge, skills, and accomplishments.
This work was supported by NIH NLM T15 LM012595, along with T3 supplement, 3T15 LM012495-02S2.

Diane G. Schwartz, FMLA

Research Associate Professor
University at Buffalo
East Amherst, New York

Diane G. Schwartz, MLS, FMLA, Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI), Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). My career has been defined by my instructional activities which have focused on training healthcare practitioners and learners how to employ medical informatics to ensure that they are obtaining the best quality information for use in clinical practice, research and education. Prior to joining BMI, I was a health sciences librarian and director of a health system group of four libraries affiliated with the UB Jacobs School of Medicine. I developed an outstanding hospital library program with a dedication to service for everyone; clinicians, scientists, learners and patients/consumers. As a hospital librarian I developed educational programs for patients and families to ensure that they had access to quality, reliable, understandable health information. With funding from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo a team of health care professionals and I taught refugee mothers from Somalia best practices for managing the health and wellness of their children. I received grant support funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, to teach diabetic patients with limited health literacy skills, how to find quality, reliable, and understandable health information to enable them to better manage their disease. I designed outreach programs for hospitalized patients and persuaded the hospital’s CEO to provide space and support for a Wellness Center Library in the new vascular institute to meet the information needs of outpatients seeking day treatment for their disease. I served my profession in many different capacities; a basic science librarian, an academic health sciences librarian, the director of libraries for a health system, an adjunct instructor of library and information science teaching a course on health sciences librarianship, and a faculty member embedded in the educational domain of the UB medical school; teaching medical students and residents, conducting research, serving on university committees, writing grants, and publishing the results of my work. At the UB medical school I was Deputy Director of the New York State Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, and Executive Director of the Primary Care Resource Center. I spent many years at the University of Michigan with my last assignment being Associate Director of the Alfred Taubman Medical Library. I think my most unique position was Deputy Director of the New York Botanical Garden Library. I received my M.L.S. degree from Queens College and my A.B. degree from Rutgers University. I have received research support from NLM, NIH, HRSA, and national and regional foundations. I was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in India, and a Medical Informatics MBL/NLM Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. I love to travel, with India and Nepal being my favorite destinations.


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