With the arrival of Patricia Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, the NNLM MCR is thrilled to see her excitement, enthusiasm, and emphasis on the importance data plays and will play in biomedical discovery and delivery of healthcare. This means that if your library is supporting research/data anywhere along the research lifecycle, the RML would like to know about it.
The NNLM is broadly defining research/data services librarians as those who provide a wide range of data centric training, consultation, or information access support for researchers at any point along the research lifecycle. Training might include teaching data visualization, metadata standards, or data related requirements from funders, such as NIH or NSF. Consultation services might include developing/maintaining a service framework for working with researchers to manage their data throughout the research lifecycle. It could include collaborating with researchers to find or create data, develop effective data management strategies, analyze or visualize data, or preserve/store data. Research/data services librarians might support biomedical big data or assist with access/training on specialty software packages for statistical, geospatial, qualitative data analysis, MyNCBI tools, etc.
Each of the NNLM regions is planning to reach out to Network members over the next few weeks with a series of questions designed to help increase our understanding of how Network members are supporting the research/data related efforts at their institutions. This understanding will inform the NNLM on the types of research/data services provided by NNLM Network member institutions to their research communities. Understanding who is responsible for providing research/data services will assist in improving communication with those experts and the NNLM in order to better understand what support is needed.
This environmental scan seeks to document staffing numbers, job titles/descriptions, terms used to promote services, content use (original content vs. links to content), etc.
If you would like to make sure your research/data services librarian gets contacted to share what it is that they do, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
-John Bramble, Utah/Research Enterprise Coordinator