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 |

Deadline approaching: MLA Rising Stars- NOV. 1

The MLA Rising Star program has been developed for MLA members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA but who have not yet become active at a national level. The one-year leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:

  • learning how MLA succeeds through the volunteer efforts of its members;
  • the roles of the MLA Board and staff; and
  • project management skills applied to an actual MLA project.

Application and information can be found online at:

Applications are due November 1, 2013.

Also, if your chapter, section, or committee is interested in submitting a project for the program, the host/mentor application can be found online at:

Host/Mentor applications are also due November 1, 2013.

W. Oct 16- FREE Online Conference- The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries

See more at:

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal | School Library Journal Online Event
October 16, 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ETOur 4th annual online event is back with a dynamic new format, featuring programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs.The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries will offer thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community, and helping students and patrons learn. The program will feature insights on managing new technologies and services; the latest developments in ebooks and streaming media; optimizing discovery; and much more!

Our expert speakers and panelists will present innovative ideas and actionable solutions for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public.

Program tracks will focus on three key areas:

 Community: Programming, Support, and Resource Sharing

 Instruction: Helping Students and Patrons Learn

 New Collections, New Content: Beyond the Container

This free, full-day online event will feature an inspiring cheap cialis super active keynote on“Libraries and Connected Learning” from professor, anthropologist, and author Mimi Ito; a forward-looking panel of thought leaders from the DPLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gates Library Foundation, IMLS, and ALA; and a Who’s Who of library professionals from across the US and Canada.

Sessions include:

 Learning 2.0 Meets MOOC: Professional Development Evolves

 Flipped School Libraries

 The Community Joins In: Library Maker Spaces

 eCollections: Beyond Novelty – Focusing in on Collection
Development, Self-Publishing, and eMagazines

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) brings a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, complete with:

 The Exhibit Hall: learn about the latest products and innovations
from our sponsors

 The Librarians’ Lounge: network with library professionals from
across the globe

 A Tote Bag: Download all of the presentations, handouts, and
promotional information you want

Registration for the live event is FREE and includes 3 months of access to the event archives on demand, including the presentations, information and handouts from the show, so sign up today!

Spring board meeting Apr. 26

Our Midwest MLA spring Board Meeting will be held on Friday, April 26 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

The room rate is $132.  Shuttle (it’s easily walkable too through the tubes) service to and from the airport is free-of-charge.  Rooms are reserved under “Midwest MLA” and they’ll be getting a list of names as well.

Complementary 24-hour shuttle service to/from O’Hare International Airport Complimentary 24-hour StayFit gym access Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access in the guestrooms __________________________________

Meeting agenda to follow.  See you then!

By the way, the FALL BOARD MEETING is scheduled for Oct. 4 at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


MLA Election Results: The Midwest Represents!

After this year’s MLA Election, we have very outstanding people serving in positions of national leadership.  And a good number come from our very own chapter!  Please join me in congratulating our fellow Midwest Chapter Members!

President Elect:

  • Jane L. Blumenthal, AHIP, Director, Taubman Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

MLA Board of Directors (2011-2014):

  • Michelle Kraft, AHIP, Senior Medical Librarian, Alumni Library, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Nominating Committee:

  • Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP
  • (as well as Peg Allen, good friend of the Midwest Chapter!)

MLA Reminders

This week, Karen Hanus our chapter’s Alternate Representative to the MLA Chapter Council sent out a couple of reminders to the Midwest Chapter discussion list.
Karen serves as one of the co-chairs of Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables Committee and invites us to participate in their topics survey:

If you haven’t completed the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables survey yet, please do so by October 24. Your input is important to us.
The 2008 Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables event in Chicago, IL was a great success! Each year, this popular event attracts many participants. Eight chapters supported attendance at the roundtables either by sponsoring attendance of members of their own chapters or of new MLA members. Thank you all for your support and generosity! The discussion summaries can be viewed on the Chapter Council website:
Chapter Council needs your help to ensure that the topics at the event remain useful and interesting. Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey at to help us decide on discussion topics for MLA ’09 in Honolulu. The roundtable topics are determined from the previous events’ attendee evaluations and the survey; therefore, your feedback is important.
The survey is online at:
The topic selections for the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables reflect what you want to discuss, so please complete the survey by October 24, 2008. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Hanus (khanus AT or Angela Dixon (Angela_Dixon AT, co-chairs, Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables Committee.

Karen also reminded us that MLA offers a variety of scholarships and grants to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to take advantage of opportunities for continuing professional development.
You can get downloadable applications and information on the MLA Website at For more information, you should contact the jury chair for the grant/scholarship you are interested in. Most of the awards have a December 1 application deadline. The Donald A. B. Lindberg Fellowship has a November 15 application deadline.

Vital Signs, Bottom Lines

Today’s plenary speaker M.J. Tooey is sharing her thoughts on how to keep our libraries relevant in “interesting” times.

“Link your passion, mission, and values with what you do best, and align that with what is important to your administration.”

She is sharing with us many of the ideas from the Jim Collins book Good to Great in the Social Sectors.

The Library as Place

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this. Why? Because this summer your intrepid blog editor is going to be moving the hospital library from this building where it has been for over 25 years to the other hospital campus several miles away across town. This is a great opportunity to ponder deeply how this room is being used and consider how to structure things to better facilitate these uses in our new area.
This library inhabits 2300 square feet on the hospital’s ground floor. OK, that’s a fancy way to say that we are way down here in the basement. It’s comfortable down here and we’re right next to the classrooms. So the medical students, interns, and residents spend a lot of time here. I think several orthopedic residents actually live here. There is seating for 22 and there are times when all the table and carrel space is occupied. Occasionally, it gets downright wild down here. Yesterday, for instance. The surgical residents were regaling each other with amusing OR anecdotes. Thank goodness, there weren’t any people trying to study! I was laughing too hard to shush them. I’m glad that they feel “at home” here.
Later this week, I will be able to “walk through” the space that is currently being considered for the library on the other campus. As I walk through the rooms, what I’ll be planning is not just where to put the books, journals, and computers, but how to make the library a useful, welcoming PLACE for our students, physicians, and staff.
I wanted to get a handle on some of the latest research and thinking on the concept of “The Library as Place.” First stop? The Hospital Library Section wiki page “The Library’s Physical Space.” There is a lot of food for thought in this University of Illinois at Urbanna-Champaign Current LIS Clip The Library as Place. I also still have on my desk, the DVD Rom that we all were sent by the National Library of Medicine from the 2003 symposium on this subject. I’ve got my work cut out for me!

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t forget to take Mr. Skeleton when we move!