Research Data Management and Serendipity

Saturday at #MidwestMHSLA17 was a full day of Continuing Education for me. I had planned to learn about Research Data Management (RDM) with Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis from New York University School of Medicine in the morning, then about library assessment in the afternoon. I thought it would be a nice introduction to two dissimilar topics, one having to do with research and numbers, and the other with having to do with marketing and the business of libraries.

Serendipitously, though, I ended up spending a full eight hours learning about RDM. My afternoon class got cancelled and so I ended up in a second class entitled Data Management for Librarians given by Caitlin Bakker from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

From Kevin and Alisa I learned not only the basics of RDM, but also how it can be marketed. I learned that librarians should make meetings with researchers about their research, not about the library. Kevin even went into how to “cold-call” researchers to drum up business for the library. A couple of ways to find out about what your institution’s researchers are doing include the NIH RePORTER database and your institution’s grant office.

Then Alisa showed us this cute video, which dramatized many of the frustrations researchers have when managing their data and what can go wrong can you buy cialis online with RDM and sharing.

I’m going to start learning more about RDM by reading this article by Kevin and Alisa and their colleagues, “Starting the data conversation: informing data services at an academic health sciences library.”

As usual, I felt overwhelmed with the information in just one CE class; nevertheless, I persisted in the afternoon, as Caitlin Bakker reinforced many of the RDM topics from Kevin and Alisa’s class. Caitlin provided us with some hands-on exercises using the DMP Tool to actually critique and compose a Data Management Plan. Within a few hours she had the class reviewing and creating real plans that would meet institutional and funder requirements.

I ended up with a day-long crash course in data management, but I still learned about library marketing as I had hoped. I was a beneficiary of a serendipitous confluence of three great instructors and a rising topic in health sciences librarianship. I made sure to tell Emily Ginier, the Chair of the CE Committee, how pleased I was with my day, despite the cancellation and substitution of my afternoon class. I also wrote to Kevin, Alisa, and Caitlin suggesting they team teach a seminar together on RDM. What an excellent day of learning at #MidwestMHSLA17!

Donald Pearson, MBA/MIS, MLIS, AHIP
Library Technology Specialist, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library
Columbus, Ohio
dpearson@mchs.com | library.mchs.com

Upcoming Fundraiser at Midwest Chapter MLA 2017

Upcoming Fundraiser: Support Midwest Chapter MLA 2017 Scholarships Three Ways!    

  • Bid on handmade silent auction items donated by Chapter members,
  • Pay $1.00 to vote for the Midwest MLA Chapter ‘Critter’ of your choice, and
  • Purchase a ribbon for $1.00 with sayings on them for yourself or your colleague’s nametag!

Fundraiser Location: Conference Registration Area

Silent Auction Details

  • Silent Auction items will be represented on the table(s) by bid sheets due to limited space
  • As space allows, items will be displayed as much as possible
  • Ask for a closer look at any item – they will be available nearby
  • Preview the auction items: http://z.umn.edu/mc_auction

Silent Auction Parameters:

  • Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:50 PM on Sunday 10/15/17
    • Final Bidding: 4:30 to 4:50 PM
    • Winners Pay & Pick Up Winnings: 4:50 to 5:15
  • Cash or check only
  • A starting bid will be stated on the bid sheet
  • Bids must be at least $2.00 each (unless otherwise stated)
  • A starting bid will be stated on the bid sheet
  • All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds unless otherwise noted. All items are “as is.”
  • Must be present to win or have designated in writing who is picking up and paying on your behalf
  • The auction item value listed is an estimate of fair market value. Items have not been appraised unless so noted. The amount you pay above this fair market value estimate is normally tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax adviser to clarify amount of deduction.

Chapter Critter Update & Details

There was an enthusiastic response to the call for Chapter ‘Critter’ suggestions.  A total of 26 different suggestions came in and the Executive Board voted on their 5 top choices.  Survey results revealed 6 top ‘critters’ due to a 3-way tie.

  • Members vote to select one of the 6 as the ‘critter’ or mascot to represent the nine states in the Midwest MLA Chapter.

Top Six Proposed ‘Critters’

In-Person Chapter Critter Voting Parameters

  • Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:50 PM on Sunday 10/15/17
  • $1.00 per vote – cash or check only
  • Vote as often as you like for the critter of your choice
  • If there’s a tie, the winner will be pulled out of a hat by the Chapter president
  • The winning ‘Critter’ will be announced at the Business Meeting on Monday 10/16/17

Online ‘Critter’ Voting 10/1 – 10/15 until 5 pm

How to donate and cast your vote(s):

  • Use the Midwest MLA online donation form: https://mcmla45.wildapricot.org/page-1745931
  • Votes are $1.00 each.  Put the total amount you wish to donate for votes, i.e. $10.00 for 10 votes
  • In the Comments field put the ‘critter’ / mascot for which you want to vote
  • Complete the form and pay.

Purchase ‘Fun’ Ribbons for Name Tag

  • $1.00 per ribbon – cash or check only
  • Buy ribbons for yourself or your colleagues
  • Buy as many as you like

Bid, vote, and purchase ribbons often to raise Midwest MLA scholarship funds!   

Questions?  Contact us.

Thanks everyone!

Edith Starbuck (edith.starbuck@uc.edu) and Nicole Theis-Mahon (theis025@umn.edu)

2017 Silent Auction Fundraiser Co-chairs