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FEDLINK Librarians’ Roles Survey

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Library of Congress FEDLINK invites you to participate in a survey that explores the roles library and information science (LIS) professionals are undertaking to support clinical care. This survey will also ask you about the partnerships you have created and work within to support clinical care and its practitioners.

This is the first of three studies that the Library of Congress FEDLINK is conducting to learn about the ways LIS professionals are involved with health information. Future surveys will focus on LIS professionals who support public health and their contributions to reducing the cost of care and other cost efficiencies for their organizations.

We hope you will help us by completing this survey. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes of your time.

To complete the survey please go to:
The survey will be open until February 22, 2013.

The results will be used to promote the emerging roles LIS professionals have taken on. Additionally, we plan to use the findings to inform our education, training, and programming.

If you have any questions, you may contact Jamie Stevenson, at or 202-707-4852.

Best regards,


Jamie Stevenson, MPH
Principal Investigator
Library of Congress | FEDLINK

Smells like e-Science? Congratulations to Sally Gore!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

NLM awards Informationist supplement grants to 7 NIH researchers.

Informationist Sally Gore, Soutter Library will provide metadata, database design and retrieval advice to the technical team of Roger Luckmann’s project titled “Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Non-Adherent Women”.  Sally will assist investigators in identifying key information technology issues in the existing tracking system; work with them on a systematic review, provide customized instruction to the team, and support public access submission. The grant involves a 3-arm randomized trial comparing 2 forms of outreach to women who are due for a screening mammogram. The interventions will run for 4 years and already involves a multidisciplinary research team including primary care, informatics, counseling and behavioral sciences.

Journal of eScience Librarianship is now available!!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

On February 17th, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library launched the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSL).  JeSL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

The inaugural issue  features much of the work previously showcased at the 3rd annual eScience Symposium. The issue  includes a review of the DataSpace, the funding and operational model of data preservation employed by Princeton University. In this review, the author Raquel Abad provides an overview of DataSpace and highlights some critical questions facing data preservation projects.

Also available in the journal is an article by Jen Ferguson on the “Description and Annotation of Biomedical Data Sets,” Ferguson describes the workflow and software used in curating data sets and suggests possible roles for librarians in similar data curation projects.

Check it out!

Frameworks for Data Management Curriculum

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Recognizing a pressing need for data management education in the sciences, the Lamar Soutter Library and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) collaborated on a project “Planning a Data Management Curriculum and Requirements for a Collaborative Repository,”. to develop frameworks for a case based data management curriculum for science, health sciences, and engineering students at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to identify user needs for repository software for storing data sets.

The purpose of this grant has been to develop:

  • a flexible, case based curriculum that teaches data management best practices to students enrolled in a broad range of scientific disciplines
  • an evaluation of user requirements for open source software for storing data generated by student research projects

The libraries have worked with faculty, curriculum, evaluation, and instructional design consultants to develop Frameworks for a Data Management Curriculum , a modular case-based approach for data management instruction.
Included in these frameworks are

  • lesson plans for seven course modules
  • real life research cases
  • readings and assignments
  • a simplified data management plan
  • a prototype of developed content for one module, and
  • assessment questions and answers.

The modular design of the curriculum allows faculty to pick specific course module(s) that are relevant to their courses. The curriculum could be delivered by faculty or librarians in a variety of ways: face-to-face classes, as self-paced online modules, or a hybrid format.

The Research Computing and Academic Support Group at WPI conducted testing of three open source software programs to evaluate user requirements for storing data. A summary of the testing process and a matrix of the results of the software testing are available on the project website.

The Planning a Data Management Curriculum project is collaboratively funded through NER and the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Leadership Planning Grant.

For further information, contact Donna Kafel, eScience Project Coordinator.

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