IMLS Grant

Planning a Data Management Curriculum and Requirements for a Collaborative Repository

Institute of Museum and Library Service National Leadership Planning Grant

Project Overview

From August 2010 through December 2011, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute collaborated on an Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS)National Leadership Planning grant and developed an instructional framework and delivery system for openly accessible, online instructional modules on preserving, managing, and sharing digital data. When implemented, these modules can be delivered to students in science courses at each institution, ranging from first-year science and engineering students, to graduate-level medical, nursing, and biomedical students. The two libraries have also conducted research on user requirements for data repositories for student generated data and have conducted usability testing with three open source repository software systems.

The project’s primary goal has been to teach essential data management skills early in the training of both science and medical researchers. Lamar Soutter Library Director, Elaine Martin served as PI for the project. Martin and Tracey Leger-Hornby, director of the Gordon Library at WPI, were co-chairs for the project steering committee. Lamar Soutter librarians Donna Kafel and Mary Piorun and WPI's Director of Research Computing, Sia Najafi, served on the project Steering Committee. Kafel also served as Project Coordinator. For more information contact: Donna Kafel.

Principal Investigators

  • Elaine Martin, D.A., MSLS, Director of Library Services, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Co-Chair
  • Tracey Leger-Hornby, Ph.D., MLS, Dean of Library Services, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Co-chair

Steering Committee

  • Elaine Martin, D.A., MSLS, Co-Chair
  • Tracey Leger-Hornby, PhD, Co-chair
  • Sia Najafi, MS, Director of Research Computing, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA, Associate Director, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Donna Kafel, MLIS, Project coordinator, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Project Consultants

  • Curriculum Design: Paul Colombo, MS
  • Evaluation Expert: Nancy LaPelle, Ph.D.
  • Instructional Design: Heather McMorrow, MA

Education Committee Members

UMass Medical SchoolWPI
Patricia Franklin, MD, MBA, MPHChristine Drew, MLS
Donna Kafel, MLSGlenn Gaudette, Ph.D.
David Lapointe, Ph.D.Laura Hanlan, MLIS
Myrna Morales, MAT, MSLISErica Stults, MS, Ph.D. candidate
Lisa Palmer, MSLSJohn Sullivan, D.E.

Project Deliverables

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Paper, Posters and Presentations


Funding Statement

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and with funds from the National Library of Medicine under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3508.

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Last updated: 09/14/2012 14:57:40