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New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum

Since 2009, the NN/LM NER funded New England e-Science Program, administered by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has developed a suite of learning opportunities and resources to support librarians who are engaging in research data management services. One of its key initiatives, the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), is used widely in the US and abroad, to teach data management best practices to students, researchers, and information professionals. The UMass Med e-Science team has conducted multiple “train-the-trainer” workshops and webinars on using the curriculum to the New England e-Science Community of Interest, medical librarians from the Mid-Atlantic region, the New England chapter of ACRL, an SLA CE class, and the DLF/CLIR e-research network.

Newcomers to NECDMC may initially find the depth of content in NECDMC’s seven modules and teaching cases a bit overwhelming. However, multiple pages with teaching guides and supplementary materials are included in the curriculum to help instructors select and customize relevant content for their local audiences. This supplementary content can be accessed on:

Got questions about NECDMC? Contact Donna Kafel, Project Coordinator for the UMass Med e-Science team, at

Webinar: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) and the development of Collect SMART: Survey Management and Response Tools for assessing the health of your community

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health

Tuesday, July 28th 3:00pm ET

Validated methods for assessing the health of one’s community before or after disasters is an important part of public health preparedness and response. Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) is a versatile data collection method that can be implemented to rapidly assess community health needs following a disaster or to assess community preparedness. This webinar will describe a collaborative effort between the CDC-funded UNC PERLC, a local health department in North Carolina, and preparedness staff in Texas that developed a pilot test of mobile data collection software and training materials.

2015 National Preparedness Month Theme


September is coming, are you ready for National Preparedness Month? This year the theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate: Make an emergency plan today”.  Find information on the weekly hazard focused themes, logos, and the National PrepareAthon Day on September 30th.

Health and Medical Reference Guidelines

The ALA RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines assist staff in responding to health or medical inquiries.  Hot off the presses, the guidelines address the role of information services staff, reference transaction professional behavior, and ethics.  The guide also lists related guidelines and sources.


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