Reskilling for RDM

The TraD team attended a great day-long event for academic librarians involved in RDM held at University of the West of England on 29 January 2013. The event programme is here and you can download our presentation here. Many thanks to the MRD team at UWE for inviting us, and organising the event.

We presented on supportDM, the librarian training

Devising supportDM element of TraD. Through a combination of literature searching, interesting presentations and conversations at the JISC MRD programme events in November last year, and conversations with our subject librarians we have devised an outline programme to run – starting late February.  There were three factors/influences on our approach to training librarians:

  • the blended learning approach of the Data Intelligence 4 Librarians course, but with a desire to adapt material to the UK environment
  • the types of functions offered by RDM support services (and therefore the skills needed) collated by DCC in its draft guidance document ‘How to develop research data management services – a guide for HEIs’ [forthcoming from DCC]
  • awareness of the activity of the RDMRose project, and our desire to develop something distinctive and shorter to complement its offer

So our learning package called supportDM will take a ‘first steps’ approach to developing skills appropriate to those planning a library-led RDM support service. It will combine presentations, online learning modules, activities and group reflection. The course is still being knocked into shape, but it will have five modules along these lines

  1. About RDM
  2. Guidance and support to researchers
  3. Data management planning
  4. What to keep and why
  5. Data registers and repositories

There was interest in seeing the modules as soon as they are made available rather than all together at the end of the project in late May, so we will post them here on the blog each fortnight starting in early March. Keep checking, or subscribe to the RSS feed, to hear the latest news!


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