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UMN Now Accepting Applications for Data Management Training Session

Posted by on May 30th, 2018 Posted in: Data Science, Funding


Data Management for Librarians CE Course

Monday, August 6, 2018

Health science librarians are invited to participate in a data management for health sciences librarians CE course, hosted by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries in Minneapolis, MN.

The overall objective of this session is to introduce librarians to research data management and allow them to develop practical strategies for incorporating data into their existing roles.

Course Components

This 4-hour workshop will introduce participants to key elements of research data management in the health sciences, including best practices for documentation, metadata, backup, storage, and preservation. We will also explore advanced areas of research data management such as de-identification and intellectual property. The session will incorporate several activities to enable participants to apply best practices of data management when creating their own data management plans and critiquing existing data management plans (DMP). Beyond understanding the basics of research data management and applying those in the creation and assessment of DMPs, this session will also give participants an opportunity to consider the ways in which research data services can be incorporated into existing roles and responsibilities, including highlighting searching for research data for secondary analysis and integrating research data services into instruction and reference activities.

Data Management Skills Community of Practice (CoP)

Participants in the CE course may also participate in an online data management skills community of practice (CoP). The CoP will meet quarterly to take a deeper dive into a data management topic that could include federal funding compliance, data preservation & sharing, and open science. Topics are TBD and will be developed based on cohort needs.

CE Credits

Participants who complete the course will receive 4 MLA CE credits.

Instructor & CoP Facilitator:

Caitlin Bakker, MLIS: Caitlin Bakker is a health sciences librarian specializing in research support services, including data management, scholarly publishing, and citation tracking and analysis. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University in 2011 and is a Senior Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Caitlin is interested in meta-research, and her projects have focused on publication models, systematic reviews, research ethics, and research impact.

Who can apply?

  • Applications are open to health science librarians
  • A select number of travel stipends, up to $1,000, are available. Applications for the stipend must include a personal statement, cv and letter of support from their supervisor (see Application Instructions below).
  • Enrollment is limited to 35 participants

What does it cost?

  • There is no charge for the CE course

How can I get there?

  • All stipend award attendees who elect to fly to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport must book their air travel on a U.S. air carrier per our grant award. MSP is served by all the major US carriers including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.

Where can I stay?

  • There is a block of 12 rooms being held at the Graduate Hotel, which is conveniently located on the Minneapolis East Bank campus. These 12 rooms are reservable at the discounted event rate ($160/night) on a first-come, first-served basis. Other hotels in walking-distance to campus include the Courtyard by Marriott, DoubleTree by Hilton, and the Hampton Inn and Suites. Each of these hotels is connected to campus via the Green Line light rail system. The closest light rail station to Bruininks Hall is the East Bank station.

Session Agenda:

  • Lunch and networking 12-1:00pm
  • CE course 1-5:00pm
  • Complete session evaluations 5:00-5:15pm

Important Dates

  • Travel Stipend: Rolling until all stipends have been awarded
  • Registration Deadline: July 20, 2018
  • Course Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Application Details

  • Name and Contact Information
  • Current Role/Title
  • Place of Employment

If Applying for Travel Stipend, please include:

  • Personal statement (1-2 paragraphs) describing your individual goals, why the training is needed and how you will apply the training in practice
  • CV
  • Letter of Support from your supervisor describing why you should attend and how your participation in the workshop and the quarterly online data management skills CoP will impact the organization moving forward

Application Instructions

Please fill out the online Application Form. If applying for the travel stipend, please upload a PDF of your current CV, your personal statement and your letter of support from your supervisor.


Contact Lisa McGuire at: lmcguire@umn.edu

This activity is supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number 1UG4LM012346. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Derek is a Minnesota native who relocated to Iowa in 2013. His professional experiences include public health, prospect research, competitive intelligence, and outreach librarianship. Derek and his wife reside in Coralville with their daughter and two dogs (mini goldendoodle and mini poodle)!

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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