June 21, 2021

New Research Article: “A Two-Tiered Curriculum to Improve Data Management Practices for Researchers”

The article linked below was recently published by PLoS One.

Title

A Two-Tiered Curriculum to Improve Data Management Practices for Researchers

Authors

Kevin B. Read
NYU Health Sciences Library, NYU Langone Health

Catherine Larson
NYU Health Sciences Library, NYU Langone Health

Colleen Gillespie
Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, NYU Langone Health

So Young Oh
Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, NYU Langone Health

Alisa Surkis
NYU Health Sciences Library, NYU Langone Health

Source

PLoS ONE 14(5): e0215509
DOI: doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215509

Abstract

Background
Better research data management (RDM) provides the means to analyze data in new ways, effectively build on another researcher’s results, and reproduce the results of an experiment. Librarians are recognized by many as a potential resource for assisting researchers in this area, however this potential has not been fully realized in the biomedical research community. While librarians possess the broad skill set needed to support RDM, they often lack specific knowledge and time to develop an appropriate curriculum for their research community. The goal of this project was to develop and pilot educational modules for librarians to learn RDM and a curriculum for them to subsequently use to train their own research communities.

Materials and Methods
We created online modules for librarians that address RDM best practices, and regulations, as well as the culture and practice of biomedical research. Data was collected from librarians through questions embedded in the online modules on their self-reported changes in understanding of and comfort level with RDM using a retrospective pre-post design. We also developed a Teaching Toolkit which consists of slides, a script, and an evaluation form for librarians to use to teach an introductory RDM class to researchers at their own institutions. Researchers’ satisfaction with the class and intent to use the material they had learned was collected. Actual changes in RDM practices by researchers who attended was assessed with a follow-up survey administered seven months after the class.

Results and Discussion
The online curriculum increased librarians’ self-reported understanding of and comfort level with RDM. The Teaching Toolkit, when employed by librarians to teach researchers in person, resulted in improved RDM practices. This two-tiered curriculum provides concise training and a ready-made curriculum that allows working librarians to quickly gain an understanding of RDM, and translate this knowledge to researchers through training at their own institutions.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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