May 19, 2022

New Research Report: “Data Literacy Training Needs of Biomedical Researchers”

The following article appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Data Literacy Training Needs of Biomedical Researchers


Lisa M. Federer, MLIS

Ya-Ling Lu, PhD

Douglas J. Joubert, MS

Affiliation (All Authors)
NIH Library, Division of Library Services, Office of Research Services, National Institutes of Health


Journal of the Medical Library Association
Jan; 104(1): 52–57 (2016)



The research investigated topic priorities for data literacy training for biomedical researchers and staff.


An electronic survey was used to assess researchers’ level of knowledge related to data literacy skills and the relevance of these skills to their work.


Most respondents did not have any formal training in data literacy. Respondents considered most tasks highly relevant to their work but rated their expertise in tasks lower.


Among this group, researchers have diverse data literacy training needs. Librarians’ expertise makes them well suited to provide such training.

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