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PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION

Data Management

NNLM Pacific Southwest Region (PSR)

NNLM PSR is part of the regional outreach program of the National Library of Medicine. Our offices are located at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

Our mission is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health. We do this by increasing access to health information for both professionals and the public in Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, and the US Territories in the Pacific.

What to Expect from this Guide

This Guide serves as an introduction to data management, specifically clinical data management within the setting of the hospital library.

It is designed to drive advocacy and conversation about translating information management skills beyond established library services into clinical data management, with an emphasis on data derived from electronic health records.

Here you will find resources to:

  • Learn why data management is important
  • Understand the needs and technology surrounding current data production and sharing
  • Familiarize yourself with data management tools and repositories
  • Develop and implement your own data management plan for hospital staff
  • Explore other ways to expand your data skill set
  • Find other information professionals interested in this field

Why Data Management?

The results of the 2015 NNLM PSR Data Management Needs Assessment, with over 100 responses recorded from hospital, academic, and public libraries, showed that less than half of NNLM PSR network members have addressed their data management needs. We see a void where educational programming and support is needed. As data management continues to grow and shape research and health outcomes, our mission now includes bringing the latest and most helpful data management resources to you, our network members.

Pie chart showing 60 percent of institutions not addressing data management needs
We see a void where educational programming and support is needed. As data management continues to grow and shape research and health outcomes, our mission now includes bringing the latest and most helpful data management resources to you, our network members.