[Guest post by Elaine Martin]
*Post update: As of January 12, registration is full. You can register for the waiting list. Posters are still being accepted.
To continue to enhance collaborative New England Region libraries’ support of e-science initiatives for their research institutions, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is hosting the 8th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium. This day-long event will serve as an educational and collaborative opportunity for science and health sciences librarians to discuss e-science resources, in addition to future roles that libraries and librarians might take on to support their institutions.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Library Research Data Services: Putting Ideas into Action.” Focusing on librarians involved in RDS, the broad goal of this symposium is to build off what has been discussed at the pervious symposia in order to give librarians a chance to share their current efforts in supporting scientific research. Discussions will inform how librarians can take action at their own institutions to engage in e-science initiatives, and also look at the roles of librarians in the dynamic field of data science.
The 2016 Symposium is set to focus on data services and the many practicing roles of librarians. Attendees will hear a keynote overview of data services from Kendall Roark. Kendall is an Assistant Professor and Research Data Specialist at Purdue University Libraries, and also a member of the CLIR/DLF eResearch Faculty. She will provide a broad perspective on the research data management services that US and Canadian libraries are implementing.
A new session at the symposium this year will be breakout sessions: participants will be able to attend 2 of 4 planned sessions featuring services that libraries are currently implementing. Options include:
- Compliance with Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services; and Hillary Miller, Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
- Data Information Literacy with Jake Carlson, Research Data Services Manager, University of Michigan
- Data Repositories with Lisa Johnston, Research Data Management/Curation Lead, Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota
- Informationist with Leah Honor, Library Fellow, Informationist Liaison to the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative, University of Massachusetts Medical School
In the afternoon, there will be presentations from two panels discussing the future of data science with library school educators and practicing data librarians. Participants on the panels include:
- Library Educators:
- Suzie Allard, Associate Dean for Research, University of Tennesee at Knoxville, Co-investigator of DataONE
- Matthew Burton, Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
- Jian Qin, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
- Rong Tang, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
- Christopher Erdmann, Head Librarian, Wolbach Library, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
- Andrea Thomer, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Additionally, as with previous symposia, a poster session will be held, to highlight work in e-science that has been accomplished at various libraries in the region while also encouraging discussion and networking among event participants. This year’s symposium will again feature a poster competition with three different competition categories. You are invited to submit a poster abstract; we are still accepting submissions!
The symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 in the Faculty Conference Room at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event is free of charge, but advance registration is required; due to strict space limitations, attendance will be capped at 90 people.
For further details, please visit the symposium website: http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/escience_symposium/2016
I hope that you will consider participating in what should prove to be an informative and thought-provoking experience.
Please RSVP by completing the registration form.
Elaine Martin, DA
Director of Library Services, Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Please direct any questions to:
Julie Goldman, MLIS
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655