M25 annual conference

No, its not for afficionados of London’s orbital motorway but for librarians – I attended the M25 Consortium’s annual conference at the Wellcome Collection yesterday.

The M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries is a collaborative organisation that works to improve library and information services within the M25 region and more widely across the East and Southeast

The conference was wide ranging – with MOOCs, engaging with students, linked open data and open source library management systems all on the agenda. There was also an hour of research data management before lunch. Dr Jonathan Tedds from Leicester gave a good presentation on open data and the depth of data creation in astronomy, then I talked about how libraries can support researchers in managing their data.

The conference theme was The Joy of Sharing, and I entitled my talk “Sharing the load: librarians and research data support services“. You can see it on SlideShare. I wanted to reassure the audience that researchers would be happy to have support and guidance in managing and sharing their research data, and that librarians had relevant skills. These skills may need to be augmented with specific expertise in RDM, but such an enhanced skillset will make one eminently employable. DCC publications, the supportDM course and the wealth of material from the other projects in Jisc’s MRD project will allow other universities to get started in RDM support. We shall certainly be making productive use of MRD outputs when we plan our RDM support service at UEL this summer.

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