Kristen Briney, Data Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, presented “Tug of War: Playing the Data Game in Academic Libraries” at UK Libraries on June 13. Her talk wrapped up a semester-long initiative to provide training on data management best practices and services for library faculty and staff who serve as academic liaisons for various departments on campus.
Briney focused her talk on the complexity of developing data services in academic libraries given the rapidly changing research data landscape, which necessarily includes researchers, funding agencies, publishers, universities, data users, and libraries. Briney holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry, and is the author of “Data Management for Researchers: Organize, Maintain and Share Your Data for Research Success.”
The training initiative also included a four day workshop where participants were given an overview of the various aspects of the research data lifecycle with suggestions on ways in which librarians can support researchers throughout the various stages of their research, and heard presentations by campus faculty and staff who deal with research data, either as researchers or service providers. Workshop participants also created a data management plan (DMP) for a research case study using DMPTool, a library resource that is available for UK faculty and students.
The workshop was followed up with a series of brown bags to discuss open educational resources (OER), data management plan resources, and information on grant funder data management mandates and policies.
For more information and contact information for librarians who can help with these topics, please check out the following UK Libraries Research Guides: Research Data Management @ UK and Alternative Textbooks (Open Educational Resources).Photo ID: Kristen Briney is pictured above with the Research Data Management Workshop Taskforce (left to right) Sarah Stamann, Adrian Ho, Christie Peters, Briney, Robert Shapiro, Carla Cantagallo.