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A Coordinated, Decentralized Approach to Data Management Services: From Education to Everyday

Presenter 1
Jon Jeffryes
University of Minnesota
Presenter 2
Alice Motes
University of Minnesota
Presenter 3
Amy Neeser
University of Minnesota
Presenter 4
Amy West
University of Minnesota

We will describe the strategies, methods, and outcomes of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ coordinated, decentralized approach to providing data management education to library staff and users. This presentation outlines the educational challenges in navigating organizational structures, disciplinary commonalities/differences, staff training, and researcher training in a large research institution.

            Staff are increasingly engaging in data management activities across the libraries system, including collaborative workgroups focused on data management, liaisons’ work with data producers, and library staff’s own research data needs. We will discuss how to coordinate these diffused activities without stifling flexibility or creativity and how to incorporate these practices into routine work. One challenge facing libraries has been disciplinary differences regarding data management and sharing practices. We will discuss what strategies and methods can address the commonalities and disciplinary differences of researchers’ needs.

            Finally, we will discuss our approach to staff and researcher training as our data management services have grown and developed. We use scenario-based exercises, webinars, and user-facing workshops to incorporate this into everyday library work to better serve the research community. Through staff education, we are building capacity to train our researchers through workshops, data management consultations, and comprehensive data management plans.

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