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Data Curation for Information Professionals

Save the date for “Data Curation for Information Professionals” event on Friday, March 16, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm (registration 1:30 to 2 pm). Please pre-register online at Coffee/tea will be served.

Participants in this event, which is approved for MLA Continuing Education credit (1.5 hours), will gain a working knowledge of the need for data curation; a greater understanding of the role of libraries in data management planning; the experiences of two specific libraries with their researchers’ data management needs; and where to find resources for help, including examples from ARL libraries and data management planning guides created by National Science Foundation directorates.  With the participation of attendees, we will also explore how data curation applies in different settings, such as hospitals.

The speakers are Patricia Hswe, Digital Collections Curator at Penn State University Libraries, and Yasmeen Shorish, Assistant Professor and Science Librarian at James Madison University.  Their work is described briefly below.

Patricia Hswe is the Digital Collections Curator at Penn State University Libraries.  She provides Digital Curation Services, which includes addressing user needs in the context of the Libraries’ Digitized Collections; offering data management services to faculty and students, via both consultations and a Research Data Management Toolkit; and contributing to the development of a new suite of publishing and curation services, currently being developed under Program Sigma.  Her research interests include the curation of digital collection content and data; use and users of digital resources; use cases – their documentation, their role in curation; wayfinding in the context of virtual environments; and research data literacy at the graduate-student level.  Read more about Patricia’s work at

Yasmeen Shorish is the Science Librarian at James Madison University, and a current member of MLA.  A graduate of the Data Curation Education Program within the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) program at the University of Illinois, Yasmeen brings best practice experience to the dynamic and evolving field of digital preservation.  She received the Health Sciences Information Management Award from GSLIS and interned at the Health Sciences Library, UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.  Having worked in the Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois – Chicago, she is well aware of the complexities surrounding data management of health information.  Research areas include data management and curation, attitudes towards data sharing among researchers, and the shifting landscape of scholarly communication.

Location:  Thomas Jefferson University, Bluemle Life Sciences building (10th and Locust), Room 105.  See campus map with links to directions:

Pre-register at Online registration closes on Thursday March 15 at 12 pm.
(To renew your chapter membership or to join, please visit our website at

Registration cost:

MLA/SLA Philadelphia chapter member $15
Non-member $20

Student $10

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