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NER Presents: Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit at Boston University

Class Details

Boston University
Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST


8:00-8:30 Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30-9:00 Welcome & Introduction
9:00-9:45 Session 1: Situating Libraries in Data
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:15 Session 2: Applying What You Already Know
11:15-12:30 Session 3: Serving Your Discipline’s Data Needs
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Session 4: Planning for Data Management
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Session 5: Partnerships and Collaborations
4:30-5:00 Session 6: Success, Failure, and Summary

Guest Speakers

Abigail Goben, MLS, Assistant Professor and Liaison Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
Abigail is an Assistant Professor and Liaison Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences, where she serves as liaison to the College of Dentistry and collaborates with faculty on research data management. Her research focuses on institutional data policies; educational needs in research data management; and open access. Goben is engaged with efforts on campus surrounding research data management and data governance for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Beyond UIC, Goben is active with the Library Information Technology Association and Association for College and Research Libraries.

Megan Sapp Nelson, MLS, Associate Professor of Library Science and Liaison Librarian, Purdue University
Megan is an Associate Professor of Library Sciences and Liaison Librarian at Purdue University, where she serves as liaison to Civil Engineering and related engineering and technology disciplines and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Her research focuses on data information literacy; teaching professional skills to engineering students; and integration of information literacy and data information literacy within the disciplinary curricula. Sapp Nelson is involved in campus efforts surrounding data information literacy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Beyond Purdue, Sapp Nelson is active in American Society of Engineering Education’s Engineering Libraries Division. Learn more about Megan in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.


The Colloquium Room is located on the Boston University campus inside the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, on the 9th floor.
Guests can easily get to here via Storrow Drive, I-90, and public transportation:

  • Green Line T stops nearby include St Marys Street (C line), Fenway (D line), Boston University Central (B line) and Boston University East> (B line).
  • Yawkey Commuter Rail Train Station serves the Framingham/Worcester line. Yawkey station is at 85 Brookline Ave Boston, MA 02215.
  • Parking is available at the Kenmore and Granby Parking Lots. Both lots are open 7am-9pm and are cash only: $3 per ½ hour; $16 maximum.

ACRL RDM NER Workshop Flyer

Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm
Region/Office: NER
Jan 13, 2017
8:00AM - 5:00PM ET

Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work


Program Description

Research data management has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This one-day workshop will assist liaisons to identify their existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services and then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines. Tools, hints, and tricks will be shared that facilitate partnerships on campus with disciplinary faculty and with other RDM service providers. 

Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify data within the research process and lifecycle in order to articulate the role of the libraries in the management of data to researchers.
  • Learn how to develop expertise in the nuances of disciplinary requirements for data management in order to educate their faculty and students about data best practices for their discipline.
  • Articulate specific existing skills that they already possess as librarians which transfer to data services in order to begin building a toolkit of research data management skills.
  • Identify campus partners in research data management in order to create an environment of research data management support for their faculty.
  • Articulate the parts of a data management plan in order to describe its role as a living document within a research project.
  • Apply their relevant prior knowledge of their disciplines in order to create a research data management interview plan in order to facilitate faculty engagement.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for liaisons who are seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. This workshop is an introductory level experience. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians, secondary audience include senior library administrators, middle management and department heads, and technical services librarians and staff. Other campus partners such as Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, IRB, or campus IT may be interested but would be a tertiary audience.

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Look for this workshop in your NNLM Region under "Upcoming Classes"