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Save the Date: Science Boot Camp

Friday, January 30th, 2015

This year’s New England Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19 on the lovely campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Selection of this year’s science session topics has not been finalized, but will be announced in February. In addition to the three science sessions, this year’s boot camp will feature an evening presentation on the History of Science and a hands-on Capstone activity in which boot campers will work collaboratively to create data management plans from actual research cases.

This year Science Boot Campers can opt to arrive early on Tuesday evening or stay an additional night on Friday (at additional cost) to enjoy the sights and activities in the Bowdoin area. A tour of Bowdoin’s Coastal Center on Orr’s Island will be available to campers who opt to stay later on Friday.

Are you going to SLA in Boston? Consider heading up to boot camp afterwards!  Brunswick is the gateway to mid-coast Maine and is an easy three hour drive from Boston. Public transportation is also an option, via Greyhound bus or the Amtrak Downeaster.  Each provide daily service from Boston to Brunswick.

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open April 9th  and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience. For further questions, please contact Donna Kafel, at



JESLIB Special Issue on Data Literacy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) has just published a special issue devoted to the topic of data literacy. Featured in the issue is an editorial “What is Data Literacy?” and articles about data literacy instruction, development of research data management curricula in the US and the UK, lessons learned by librarians who have taught research data management, an analysis of one university’s National Science Foundation data management plans, and strategies and resources for connecting with researchers and building library data services. This special issue of JeSLIB is available at

Post contributed by:

Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 856-1267

the e-Science portal for New England Librarians

Submit a poster proposal for the e-Science Symposium

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Got an interesting e-Science project?  The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School invites you to submit a proposal for a poster presentation at the seventh annual University of Massachusetts and New England Librarian e-Science Symposium, to be held on April 9, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.   Participating in the symposium’s poster session is a great way to share news of your e-Science related research, projects, or programs with colleagues. The poster session also features a poster contest with awards to the Most Informative in Communicating e-Science Librarianship, Best Example of e-Science in Action, & Best Poster Overall.  Librarians and library school students are invited to submit proposals.

Further details about the poster submission process are attached, or you can refer to poster submission instructions at

The deadline for submitting a poster abstract is Friday, Feb. 6th.

If you haven’t registered for the symposium and would like to submit a proposal, please register asap as registration for the symposium is filling up quickly. To view symposium program and access registration link, please see the 2015 e-Science Symposium conference page.

New England E-Science Program

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Are you new to e-Science, unsure what it means, or interested in exploring possible roles for your library? The following resources are great starting points for understanding e-Science and research data management:

The New England e-Science Program offers the following e-Science resources, tools, and events for librarians:

  • E-Science Portal for New England Librarians: “A librarians’ link to e-Science resources,” includes an e-Science Thesaurus, resources on data management, data literacy, data publishing, science primers, Science Boot Camp resources, research funders’ policies, and professional development opportunities.
  • E-Science Community blog : a forum for thoughtful commentaries and articles by librarians and library students engaged in various aspects of research data support services, news announcements, and a calendar of upcoming events. (Follow the e-Science Community on Twitter @NERescience).
  • Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB): an open access peer review journal dedicated to advancing the discipline of eScience librarianship. JESLIB explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and features articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to education, outreach, collaborations, policy, tools, and best practices.
  • New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum is an instructional tool for teaching data management best practices to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in the health sciences, sciences, and engineering disciplines. Each of the curriculum’s seven online instructional modules aligns with the National Science Foundation’s data management plan recommendations and addresses universal data management challenges.
  • University of Massachusetts and New England Area e-Science Symposium, April 9, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA (Event is free, but due to limited space, advance registration is required.)
  •  Science Boot Camp for Librarians , June 17-19, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.       Organized by a collaboration of New England STEM and health sciences librarians, each Science Boot Camp offers immersive sessions on three science subjects and a Capstone session on topics relevant to STEM and health sciences librarianship. Agenda for the 2015 science boot camp will be announced by the end of February. Registration opens April 9.

For further information about the e-Science Program, or if you would like to be added to the e-Science Community of Interest mailing list, contact Donna Kafel, Project Coordinator for the New England e-Science Program at


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