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MLA Webinar : Data Visualization Skills and Tools for Librarians

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Join us in Worcester for this MLA Webinar (Data Visualization Skills & Tools for Librarians)

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST


Visualization can be a powerful and compelling way to convey information and to reveal complex patterns in data. Many libraries are beginning to explore how they can help their users develop skills in creating visualizations and provide services and tools for creating visualizations. This webinar will provide an introduction to best practices for creating visualizations, drawing on design theory and principles, visual perception, and the “Grammar of Graphics” framework for visualization. Viewers will also learn about how to select the right visualization tool or software for the job and where to learn more to expand their visualization tool box.

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Objectives: After viewing this webinar, attendees will understand how to:

  • convey complex data using visualization
  • use principles of design to create visually appealing and informative visualizations
  • create highly customized visualizations based on the “Grammar of Graphics”
  • identify tools and software that can be used to design a variety of different types of visualizations
  • plan to create a visualization service at their library
  • find resources to learn more about creating visualizations

Lisa Federer currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library, Bethesda, MD, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, and reuse of biomedical research data and is a colead for the NIH Library’s new Data Visualization Service. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and an e-book on new roles for librarians in supporting research and data management. A member of MLA since 2009, she has served the organization in a variety of capacities at the national and local level, including as a member of the MLA Futures Task Force (January 2013–October 2014), an MLA ’12 blog correspondent, and chair of the Plenary Speaker Committee for the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona/Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group 2013 Joint Meeting.


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Launch of the redesigned e-Science Portal

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned e-Science Portal for New England Librarians!  Over the past year, the portal team and Editorial Board has conducted multiple rounds of user studies—online and in person, to assess how users were finding (or not finding) information in their searches, the navigability of the site, and the discoverability of key resources on the portal. A huge thank you to the librarians and library students who participated in the user testing— their responses and feedback have greatly informed this redesign.

Along with a new look,  the e-Science Portal 2.0 features:

  • A “Getting started with e-Science” quick guide
  • Events calendar and Twitter feed on homepage
  • Links to recent e-Science Community blog posts
  • Prominent hyperlinks to e-Science Partner Projects (New England e-Science Symposium, Science Boot Camp, New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), Journal of eScience Librarianship)
  • Reorganized content headings (e.g. About, Connect with Others, Data Management, and Research Environment sections)
  • Links to data tools—posted on a delegated “Data Tools” page as well as in relevant pages such as data curation
  • Editor’s  photo, bio, and contact form on portal pages—making it easier for you to contact the Editors directly

For further details about the portal redesign and the people behind it, check out today’s e-Science Community blog post “Portal 2.0 is here” by Jen Ferguson, co-chair of the e-Science Portal Editorial Board.

Please check out the portal and let us know what you think! There are many ways to make contact with the people behind the portal: on Twitter @nerescience, contact a portal editor, comment on the e-Science Community blog, or just drop me a line!


Donna Kafel

Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

the e-Science portal for New England Librarians

New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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

New England Science Boot Camp

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 New England Science Boot Camp! For further information and to register, visit the Science Boot Camp 2015 Lib Guide.

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held at Bowdoin College  June 17-19th. Now in its seventh year, Science Boot Camp provides a fun and casual setting where New England science faculty present educational sessions on their respective science domains to librarians.  Science topics for this year’s boot camp include Cognitive Neuroscience, Marine Science, and Ornithology. There will also be a special evening presentation, “History of Diabetes” on Wednesday, June 17th. The Capstone on Friday June 19th will feature a hands-on session, “Writing and Reviewing Data Management Plans.”

Prior to the official start of the boot camp program, Science Boot Campers can opt to take tours of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and/or the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, on Wednesday morning June 17th. Science Boot Campers are also invited to participate in an optional tour of Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center Marine Lab on Orr’s Island on Friday afternoon after the conclusion of Science Boot Camp. (SBC registrants are required to indicate if they will participate in one or more of these activities on the SBC registration form.

Science Boot Camp provides librarians with valuable continuing education at a low cost, and offers three options for attendees–full registration with overnight lodging, commuter registration, or a one day registration option.

This year, Bowdoin College is offering an additional nights stays for Tuesday June 16th and/or Friday June 19th, at additional cost to campers. (Campers who would like to stay Tuesday and/or Friday evening will pay a separate fee and pay directly to Bowdoin College.) Getting to Bowdoin is easy by car, bus, or the Amtrak Downeaster train.  

 If you’ve never been to Science Boot Camp, visit the e-Science Portal’s Science Boot Camp page at  where you’ll find descriptions, links to past SBC LibGuides, and links to SBC videos!

 Looking forward to seeing you in Maine!

Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

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