Submitted by: Amanda Whitmire, Assistant Professor / Data Management Specialist at Oregon State University Libraries. email@example.com | @AWhitTwit
For my first official blog post as an e-Science Portal editor, I’d like to introduce my partner in crime co-editor for the data information literacy (DIL) section of the portal, Jake Carlson, in the form of an interview. I think it will be easy to see why I jumped at the chance to work with Jake as co-editor…
What is your current position and title, and how long have you been at Purdue?
I am an Associate Professor of Library Science / Data Services Specialist and I’ve been at Purdue for seven years now (my, how time flies).
What led you to a career in library-based data services?
Well, I certainly did not set out to do data services initially. Back when I went to library school (1997-98) data was not even on the radar of many academic libraries.
My first exposure to data was through ICPSR. When I was the social science librarian at Bucknell University one of my responsibilities was to manage our subscription to ICPSR and serve as the official representative to the campus. In 2006, I attended ICPSR’s week long workshop on “Providing Social Science Data Services” to learn more about the services ICPSR has to offer. This was my first exposure to the idea that data could have life after its initial use and that “data curation” was something that librarians were potentially well suited to address. I was fascinated by the possibilities that data presented librarians and when I return to Bucknell I set out to develop data services in the library.
A few months later I attended another conference and wound up chatting with Michael Witt, who is now one of my colleagues at Purdue. We got to talking about how the Purdue Libraries were focusing on exploring how data management and curation could be incorporated into library services. When I expressed an interest, Michael told me that they had a job opening and that I should apply. I took a look at the job application and immediately saw that I was not qualified for the position, but thought “why the hell not?” and applied anyway. I’m still not entirely sure how I convinced Purdue to hire me, but they just awarded me tenure so I must be doing something right.
As a footnote, ICPSR now offers two week long summer workshops on data. In addition to the “Providing Social Science Data Services” workshop, they have a newer workshop on “Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use”. Check them out!
How did you become interested in data information literacy (DIL)?
One of my roles at Purdue has been to interview faculty and identify their needs for their research data. One of the things that kept coming up during these interviews with faculty was that their graduate students were really the ones who were handling the data. Faculty would often say things like, “This is something that my graduate student really needs to know.” As a result, I started asking about the need for educational programs on data for graduate students during my interviews. I received enthusiastic responses, but not much detail about what should be taught in these educational programs. So working with some of my colleagues at Purdue, we mined the interviews I had conducted along with other information and came up with twelve initial competencies that could serve as the basis for educational programming on DIL (a pre-print of the article we produced is available).
What is your main goal in being an editor for the DIL section of the e-Science Portal?
Well, from a purely selfish standpoint, I signed up to be a co-editor of the DIL section of the e-Science portal to be able to carve out time for staying up to date in the field. It can be tough to find the time to keep current, especially when a field is taking off as DIL seems to be. Plus, getting to work with Amanda Whitmire as a co-editor is a huge bonus. She’s pure, concentrated awesomeness!
Professionally, I see DIL as a huge growth area for librarians if we are able to position ourselves as knowledgeable professionals. I hope to help connect librarians who are interested in getting more involved in DIL the tools and resources they will need to be successful. Perhaps more importantly, I hope that librarians who are engaging in DIL will share what they have learned with one another to form a strong community of practice. I think the e-Science portal can help facilitate the growth of DIL, and I’m very excited to be a part of that.
Tell us something personal: hobbies, favorite vacation destination, favorite food, etc.
I am a super huge comic-book geek and have been since I was six years old. I have not been as successful in getting my kids hooked on comics, although they are big Star Wars fans at this point. I also have them quoting lines from “the Simpsons” at dinner. Did I mention that my wife is an incredibly tolerant person?
This announcement was forwarded from the sla-dbio discussion list.
The Brown University Library seeks an innovative and user-oriented informational professional to join the Research and Outreach Services Department as the Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian. As the Library’s primary liaison to the Basic Sciences Departments within the Division of Biology and Medicine, and to CLPS (Cognition, Linguistics, and Psychological Sciences), the Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian plays a central role in developing library services and collections to support current and future research and instructional initiatives of these departments.
The Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian supports the instructional and research needs of faculty, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate concentrators. Along with the Scientific Data Management Specialist s/he is key to defining and expanding the library’s role in supporting biomedical research data management. S/he will work closely with the Health Sciences Librarian (of the Warren S. Alpert School of Medicine and the School of Public Health), the Scientific Data Management Specialist, the Physical Sciences Librarian and other direct reports to the AUL for Research and Outreach.
Together with other Research and Outreach Services Librarians, the Center for Digital Scholarship and other campus partners, the Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian will provide subject-based reference services, and teach effective information management techniques for scientific research to students and researchers. The successful candidate will maintain a strong awareness of issues related to scholarly communications including copyright, open access, repositories, and licensing of online resources.
To fulfill these responsibilities successfully, the Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian will have a strong academic background in biology, psychology or other life sciences field and have significant hands-on experience with relevant technologies and bibliographic tools.
- Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in a life sciences field.
- At least 3 years work experience in life sciences librarianship, or other relevant field.
- Knowledge of the scholarly communications process (publishing, copyright, repositories), especially the NIH Public Access Policy requirements and processes.
- Knowledge and experience with appropriate data services (PubMed/NCBI, Web of Science, etc.), semantic web tools (e.g. Quertle, VIVO) and citation management software (e.g. RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)
- Demonstrated ability with instruction and presentation skills.
- Ability to acquire new technological skills & resolve problems in a resourceful and timely manner
- Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; strong analytical and organizational skills; ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative and innovative attitude
To apply for this position (Job # B01539), please visit Brown’s Online Employment website (https://careers.brown.edu), complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Submitted by guest contributor Katie Houk, Research & Instruction Librarian, Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From recent discussions on the Medical Library Association’s (medlibs) listserv, to Sally Gore’s blog post in reaction to some of the opinions and attitudes of fellow librarians, and planned topics for the MAHSLIN 2014 conference, the big topic this spring seems to be advocacy and attitude. It appears a lot of librarians have been getting together and talking to ourselves about ways to promote librarianship outside of the profession. The irony of this situation is not lost on most of us, but there is a lack of awareness about who is out there advocating for librarianship in other fields and taking on new and exciting roles. Is this because people who DO are off doing exciting new things and not writing or talking about it enough? (This is one reason I think Sally’s blog is so successful – she’s a DOer taking the time to talk about what it is she is doing and showing that risks can be successful.)
In the spirit of collegiality, positivity and my goal of being a “Doer,” I want to share my experience in trying to enact one of the suggestions proposed during the “library closing” medlibs listserv discussion. It’s been pointed out many times that we need to be presenting at the conferences of our patrons instead of just preaching to the choir at our own conferences. Since I consider one of my strongest skills to be my ability to get in front of groups and speak, I decided to take on the challenge of being invited to present at a non-library conference.
I was meeting with one of the faculty I work with to discuss our yearly embedded class activity and she mentioned that she was booked up in meetings most of the day – one after lunch with her conference planning committee. So I piped up and asked “Is there any chance there could be space for a librarian-led session during the conference?” She gave me a funny look for a moment, but then her face lit up as she explained she had two empty slots to fill, and that a hands-on session with a librarian could be a great addition. Next thing I knew, I was typing up a one-page elevator pitch that she could present to her colleagues on the committee in order to persuade them to include me in the program. It did the trick and I was approved as an invited speaker for the 2014 World Forum on In Vitro Biology and Cryobiology in Savannah, GA this June.
I do have to admit that the cards were stacked in my favor heading into this endeavor, but as Seneca is attributed saying, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I chose to ask a faculty member with whom I have an excellent working relationship and who I know is enthusiastic about all available library services – including collaborative teaching. I also knew she was on the program planning committee for a conference. However, it was fairly lucky that I gathered the courage to ask while there were still some open slots in the program.
I feel truly excited to be sticking my neck out there and representing all my wonderful colleagues at a conference full of scientists! Perhaps the most important things I’ve learned from this experience are:
- Asking does not offend anyone – the idea of having a librarian present at their conference may simply have never crossed their mind.
- Having a document or elevator pitch with key phrases that are meaningful to your users is integral in gaining interest and eventually buy-in.
- The worst that can happen is that you are told no. At least you got practice asking and you can feel more confident the next time you try!
Stay tuned – I will be writing a post in June about my experiences presenting at a science conference and the outcomes of modifying the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum’s first module to be a 2-hr, highly-interactive session!
How will YOU be advocating for your profession and peers this year?
Before the executable paper, a verifiable paper: moving publishing forward with the Resource Identification Initiative
Submitted by guest contributor Stacy Konkiel, Science Data Management Librarian, Indiana University <email@example.com>
Most current call-to-arms in scientific publishing invoke the idea of an “executable paper”—an article format that can truly take advantage of web-native publishing, leveraging embedded code and research data to allow readers to confirm research findings on the spot. Though a few promising prototypes have been shared in recent years, we are still fairly far from this ideal.
In fact, we are still grappling with how we can ensure the offline verification of results. In the literature, vague descriptions of antibodies, software packages, and other resources used in the course of a study mean that without intervention from a paper’s authors, it’s often impossible to accurately replicate research or build upon reported findings.
Enter the Resource Identification Initiative (#RII). The Force11-backed group is working with publishers and journals such as Nature to ensure that all resources (currently defined as “Antibodies, Model Organisms, and Tools (software and databases)”) mentioned in a paper get identifiers, which are linked back to detailed descriptions about the resources themselves.An example of how it works
A paper that describes using the Blast2GO software for functional annotation of gene sequences would cite the package in this format, “(Blast2GO, RRID:nlx_149335)”, rather than linking to the Blast2GO website (which might change locations or even disappear over time) or, worse yet, providing no link or context for the software at all.
Following that citation, readers who wanted to learn more about the software could look it up in the Resource Identification Portal, where information about the package will be stored over time.
On the flip side, authors who wanted to cite a resource used in a study can look it up using the Portal, and then click the “Cite This” button to find a shorthand citation that is easily copied and pasted into their manuscript.Implications
While many will find the #RII to be immediately useful for the reasons described above, in the future the project could serve as the backbone for the Executable Paper, having built a large web of linked data for resources mentioned in the biomedical literature.A call-to-action
The Resource Identification Portal is still very much in beta and seeking feedback from authors. You can help by spreading the word about the Portal’s purpose and benefits to the researchers you serve, and by using the portal yourself when you publish in a participating biomedical journal.
The Portal itself is a great basic tool that will hopefully see improvements to its search capabilities in the coming months, particularly where Boolean searching and special characters are concerned.
For more information on the #RII and Research Identification Portal, check out these resources:
Many thanks to Chris Erdmann of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Iryna Kuchma, Programme Manager for EIFL-OA , for sending along this information about a Zenodo webinar that aired earlier today. The Zenodo webinar, presented by Lars Holm Nielsen of CERN, has been recorded so you can view it. The slides from the webinar can also be downloaded.
See webinar announcement for further details.
DataONE, a virtual organization that is dedicated to providing open, robust, persistent and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, has announced the availability of 11 internship positions in its nine week 2014 Summer Internship Program. These positions are open to undergraduates, graduate students and post graduates within the past five years. There are a range of projects featured in the summer internship program, which goes from May 26th through July 25th.
The deadline for applications to the program is March 18th. For more details, see DataONE’s Internship page.
Just as the New England Journal of Medicine encompasses an audience much broader than the New England medical community, the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians is not limited to New England Librarians! Funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region and originated by our e-Science outreach group at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, the intended audience for the portal is librarians, library students, information professionals, and individuals interested in:
- Library roles in e-Science
- Fundamentals of domain sciences
- Emerging trends in supporting networked scientific research
As we approach the third anniversary of the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians, I’m pleased to welcome the following new Content Editors–many of whom come from and work in regions beyond New England:
Data Management: Daina Bouquin, Data and Metadata Services at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Data Literacy: co-Editors Jake Carlson, Associate Professor of Library Science and Data Services Specialist, Purdue University, and Amanda Whitmire, Assistant Profession and Data Management Specialist at Oregon State University.
Scholarly Communications: Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services at Virginia Commonwealth University
Trends & Technologies: Stacy Konkiel, Science Data Management Librarian, University of Indiana- Bloomington.
My UMMS colleague, Andrew Creamer, is Editor for Professional Development. I will be managing the e-Science Community Blog and will be Content Editor for the Portal’s Science Resources section.
The Portal’s Editorial Board Co-Chairs are Jen Ferguson, Assistant Head, Research & Instruction, Science and Data Services at Northeastern University; and Katie Houk,
Research & Instruction Librarian, Liaison to Biomedical & Research Sciences
at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University
See photos and contact information for the Editors on the “About the Editorial Board” page of the portal.
In addition to managing content in their delegated Content Areas, the Portal’s Content Editors and other guest contributors will be writing blog posts here on the e-Science Community Blog. Stay tuned to the e-Science Community blog by following NERescience on Twitter for latest updates–and be sure to visit and use the e-Science Portal !
Held last September, the Data Information Literacy Symposium at Purdue explored roles for librarians in teaching data management competencies to graduate students and strategies for developing instructional programs that meet the needs of students and faculty. The DIL Symposium’s video presentations and content have now been fully archived and are available for viewing at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/dilsymposium/.
The Drexel University Libraries seek a Director, Informatics for Research Engagement.
Reporting to the Dean of Libraries and working with librarians, system developers, researchers and faculty across campus, the Director is responsible for evolving and implementing a university-wide approach to data management and curation of digital content and leading the Libraries’ staff and partnerships to provide service support for preservation and access to the University’s research data, digital content, records and archives. The Director will be involved in the integration of data literacy competencies with the Libraries’ instructional programs and will lead development of services that apply research and system designs for effective data curation for the Libraries’ partnership with others on campus.
To learn more about this position, or to apply online, please go to http://www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=78041
The deadline for submitting proposals to the Ninth International Conference on Open Repositories, to be held June 9-13 in Helsinki has been extended to Feb. 10th. See OR Conference page for further details.
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) has been working on a project, the NISO Alternative Metrics (Altmetrics) Initiative, “to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to a new suite of potential metrics in the community”, since June 2013 after NISO was awarded a grant from the Sloan Foundation.
There have been 2 in-person meetings for the initiative thus far, and a third meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, January 23rd, during the ALA midwinter meeting. (See meeting agenda)
NISO’s Altmetrics Initiative pages provide links to the proposal, meeting agendas, project output, and a project timeline.
The ALCTS-PARS (Association for Library Collection and Technical Services, Preservation and Reformatting Section) will be hosting an Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 25th.
The meeting program will feature the work of researchers from the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics, who are working with a scientific agency to develop an OAIS-compliant joint preservation and reuse data repository.
Recent job postings for data librarians
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA: Research and Instruction Librarian, Research Informationist
- National Institute of Standards and Technology: Scientific Research Data Librarian
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: 2 positions: Librarian for Maps, Government Information and Spatial and Numeric Data Services, and Research Data Services Manager
- University of New Mexico: Director of Research Data Services
During ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, the ALCTS (Associaton for Library Collections & Technical Services) Scholarly Communications Interest Group will be hosting two presentations on January 25 from 1-2:30: Pilots to Program: UC San Diego Research Data Curation Pilots and the Library Research Data Curation Program; and Data Services as Information Services: or, Old Wine, New Bottle. Check out details and location information.
The University of Massachusetts and New England e-Science Symposium conference committee invites librarians and library students who are involved in e-Science related projects, services, or research, to submit a poster proposal for the April 9th e-Science Symposium’s poster session.
The symposium’s poster session is a popular part of the daylong conference, providing symposium attendees the opportunity to talk one on one with poster presenters about their projects, collaborations, and research. The poster session is competitive. Posters will be judged based on the following categories: Most Informative in Communicating e-Science Librarianship, Best Example of e-Science in Action, and Best Poster Overall. For more details about the poster session and how to submit a poster abstract, see the e-Science Symposium’s Poster Proposal Submission Page. The deadline for submitting a poster abstract is Feb. 1st.
The ninth annual Open Repositories conference will be held June 9-13 in Helsinki Finland. The OR 2014 conference’s theme is “Towards Repository Ecosystems” and will focus on ways “repositories can be best positioned to offer complementary services in a network that includes research data management systems, institutional and discipline repositories, publishers, and the open Web?”
Organizers of OR2014 invite proposals about:
- how repositories best integrate into a holistic research flow
- exploration of ties between institutional repositories and discipline specific repositories
- understanding durable content strategies outside of traditional repository environments
Deadline for proposal submissions is Feb. 3, 2014. See OR 2014 Call for Proposals for details.
I just read an interesting post in Signal, the Library of Congress’s digital preservation blog. The post, “File Format Action Plans in Theory and Practice“, by Trevor Owen, explores the 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship‘s advocacy of developing strategic actionable plans for combating file format obsolescence. Owen lays out the approaches of three libraries for evaluating file formats and developing long term plans for their preservation. These libraries include the Florida Digital Archive, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository, and the National Library of Australia.
What particularly interested me was the approach taken by the National Library of Australia:
” NLA encourages its collection curators to make, “explicit statements about which collection materials, and which copies of collection materials, need to remain accessible for an extended period, and which ones can be discarded when no longer in use or when access to them becomes troublesome.” They call these outlines “Preservation Intent Statements.” Each statement outlines the goals and issues unique to each library division. “
NLA’s approach seems to make sense at first take, but I’m curious about what some of these Australian collection curators’ action plans are! It would be interesting to see what factors they take into consideration when making decisions on discarding “troublesome” obsolete file formats.
Sponsored by the New England chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology and Simmons College Student Chapter, the workshop “Big Data & You: Preparing Current & Future Information Specialists” will be held on Tuesday January 14th at MIT from 8:15-12:30. For further details, see the event posting on the NEASIST site.
Are you a recent PhD in social sciences or a science discipline? Consider applying for a CLIF/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship.
The CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences is an expansion of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Academic Libraries. CLIR/DLF Data Curation Fellowships will provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for the sciences and social sciences. Through these fellowships, CLIR seeks to raise awareness and build capacity for sound data management practice throughout the academy.
Each fellowship is a 2 year commitment with salary, benefits, and stipends for travel and research. For more details, see the CLIR post.
The Editorial Board of the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians is looking for librarians who are passionate about emerging trends in science librarianship and interested in working as part of an editorial team to become Content Editors for the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians. Launched in 2011, the e-Science Portal is a resource for librarians, library students, information professionals, and interested individuals to learn about and discuss:
- Library roles in e-Science
- Fundamentals of domain sciences
- Emerging trends in supporting networked scientific research
Currently the Editorial Board is reorganizing its content and expanding coverage to better serve the information needs of librarians interested in e-Science, new trends in science librarianship and scholarly communication, and ways that libraries are addressing the issues of the networked data age. The e-Science portal is built on a Drupal platform.
Content editors are needed for the following e-Science portal content areas:
- Data Information Literacy: resources, courses, information needs of researchers
- Emerging Trends & Technologies new roles, emerging technologies, repository tools
- Scholarly Communication: publishing data (including peer review, journal policies), sharing, altmetrics, citing data, identifiers, Open Data, Open Science, Open Access
- Professional Development and Continuing Education: competencies, courses, e-Science symposia, related professional associations and conferences, recommended websites and blogs
This call for participation is not restricted to New England librarians. Requirements for Content Editor positions include a time commitment of 3 hours per month for the following activities:
· Identifying, annotating, and posting links to relevant resources on the content area page
· Reviewing the content page to ensure functioning links and current information
· Communicating via an e-mail discussion list with other members of the Editorial Board
· Attending Editorial Board Meetings: while in person attendance at Editorial Board meetings is preferred, arrangements can be made for Content Editors outside the NE region to attend meetings remotely.
· Content Editors can refer to the e-Science Portal’s Selection Criteria for guidelines on selecting resources. The e-Science Portal for New England Librarians is funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region. Stipends will be paid to appointed Content Editors.
For further details about the Content Editor positions, please contact me at Donna.Kafel@umassmed.edu