Becoming a (Research) Data Librarian...the adventures of Broadley - Pt 2 - 13 May 2014

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Philippa Broadley from QUT takes us on her adventures from virtual reference librarian to research data librarian. Part 1: Becoming a Data Librarian: Starting from project officer - Cathy Miller - 13 May 2014 Part 3: Becoming a Data Librarian: Managers perspective - David Groenewegen - 13 May 2014 Data Librarian, Data Services Specialist, eResearch Specialist ...these job titles are becoming increasingly common in libraries across the higher education and research sector. And for many librarians, data management is, or is likely to become, a component of their role. So, what do these roles involve? What challenges and opportunities does data management offer librarians? Hear three librarians talk about their experience working in the area of research data management. How did they get involved? What do their roles involve? What skills and experience did they bring to the role? What new skills did they need to acquire? How do they see their role evolving? In a recent interview, Dr Brian Schmidt, a Nobel Prize winning researcher at ANU said: "Our work could be substantially aided with libraries providing systems for working with and curating data... Ideally, we would have librarians taking on increasingly specialist niches, across many institutions. In our library, we are bringing in more staff who have expertise in data management" Learn more about this growing career niche. Hear first hand from those who have made the move to a data management role within their institution.
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we'll move straight on now to Philip her from the qu Chi thank you thanks Jerry
that was really really good Kathy I are you second a lot of the points that you've made in there especially about how the role is is ever-changing today I'm just going to talk briefly about a few of the roles that I've had in the past and the skills are developed in those roles as well as talk about my more recent roles which have been in research data management I've included a photo so if anyone you know one still hook me up with a modeling agent agency I'm all ears but no that's just so you can see who's on the other end of the headset I've included a lot of detail about my various roles in the hopes that people can recognize that sometimes there's more than one path to to the one destination I guess my career first sort
of started out in what was traditionally called reference services which is now called learning and research at QUT before moving to where I am currently in our research support section so to start at the very beginning my first library job I've only worked at QUT and I've been here for about 7 years now but my first library job was as a virtual reference librarian where I was providing assistance to students and staff by a live chat email voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP and SMS next I had stint as a help desk librarian where my duties included in advising students and staff on document delivery issues performing duties associated with lending and return of library material and also assisting students with their reference queries after this I was a lending services assistant this meant that I performed the same duties as when I was a help desk librarian but I also shelved and assisted students to locate material on shelves but I was paid less to do so as reference librarian I supported and contributed to my faculty liaison teams first science and technology then business in the three main areas of firstly information resource management so that included duties around collection maintenance and resource evaluation secondly research support for example I co presented a number of bibliometric or citation analysis sessions as well as produced an impact factor report for selected science journals and lastly academic list literacy so I was involved in the development and delivery of generic information literacy classes this was all in addition to regularly scheduled shifts on the help desk and providing timetabling support as roster coordinator for the reference section soon after I acted for a year or so as a liaison librarian this role meant that I had to manage school allocated funds for the selection and purchase of material as well as maintain print and electronic collections relevant to faculty research and teaching learning needs i liaised with academics to design develop promote and review client-focused information services resources and programs such as qts capacity-building for research workshops and information literacy classes I also provided research support through individual consultations with teaching staff and higher degree research students next I was a library advisor as support officer during this time I prepared and delivered classes in the advanced information research skills program to masters and PhD students I marked assignments and I supported students in their completion of this course in addition to roster time on the help desk and working again within my faculty liaison team made up of liaison librarians and library advisors lastly and most recently I was a library advisor known to many previously as a reference librarian in this role similar to my reference librarian role I worked mainly with undergraduate students at the help desk but also with them in one on one half hour consultations neither role involved me working with postgraduate students or academic staff unless they sought assistance at the help desk and in this role I was often required to work late nights and weekends and the majority of my roles so although the roles that I've just sort of described work directly related to any of the research time management or research support roles that I've had there have been many skills that I picked up along the way that I'm still developing today I thought I would mention a few here and I would note that for each library related skill there's also a life skill that I've learned so the first one is
active listening which I found quite quite a useful task problem-solving customer service as well as insight into the student experience interpersonal skills positive working relationships that happens a lot I have to say planning skills presentation or training skills and time management or organizational skills so of course each each of these skills has manifested themselves in more traditional ways than the ones I've mentioned here so on to
the research data management roles I've had at the end of 2011 I was really lucky to be asked to undertake the inaugural role of data librarian my role was to project manage the Ann's funded research data Australia or RDA gold standard record exemplar project this project went for ten months and during that time myself and a colleague from qts high-performance computing group contributed to the development of the national gold standard for rich C as metadata records that you can see in audio today near the completion of this project I was asked by library management to lead a second and funded project called the meta data stores project which Kathy referred to the main aim of this project was to develop and implement an integrated metadata repository or data registry that would promote the visibility and discoverability of qts research datasets so this I think was possibly the meta data store project was possibly the forth and funded project that she had undertaken so I had plenty of people surrounding me who had some background information or experience in working on ends funded projects or even dis research donor management projects qts data register is called research data finder and I've put the URL on this slide in case anyone is interested in having a look after the webinar before managing these two projects I have to say I was seriously under qualified for the role of research data librarian I had no experience in managing large-scale projects except for an exciting and the Simon at uni I've never used a metadata schema to describe anything and the only schemer I'd heard of was Dublin core I never even heard of hands I'm sorry to say let alone thought about the concept of research data management a new research has produced data and they were probably pretty good at looking after it but that was perhaps a bit naive of myself I spent a lot of time at the start of the gold-standard project just familiarizing myself with the jargon associated with ends and with research data as well as the rich CS schema I never truly felt like I was performing well in my role until well into the second or metadata store project I guess the feeling of an uncertainty can be present with any new job but for me sometimes the pace at which the research or the area of research to other management evolves can can leave me feeling like I've never quite got on top of things but but again that's what makes the they were all so exciting and challenging shortly after
the Ann's projects ended an ongoing role of part-time research data librarian was created at QUT so I applied for the position and won it in June last year because I had previously held a full-time ongoing role as library advisor that role was split in two so my substantive or permanent roles are 18 point 1 to 5 hours a week as research data librarian and 18 point 1 to 5 hours a week as library advisor and yes those extra seven and a half minutes are counted duties that I perform in my role
as research data librarian include the following I'm responsible for coordinating the library's processes and services to identify make accessible research datasets produced by the UT research community I coordinate the library's external research datasets service so that's where I procure and provide access to externally source research datasets mainly while only for staff and high research students a big part of my role is advocating good data management management practices as well as working with other staff in the technology information Learning Support Division acuity we're working quite hard to have a adjoined up or a seamless centralized research data management support service for researchers I also contribute to the maintenance development of research data management infrastructure including our guidelines for managing research data as well as our data management checklist a big part of my role is also providing in-kind support to to research data management projects that we have underway within the within QUT library and they've just recently started I would like to mention the team that I work within so I work within the research support team and it's made up of four ongoing positions we have research data librarian scholarly communications librarian University copyright officer and the research support coordinator so there are four fixed term project roles as well and one part-time library advisor position that provides administrative support to the team each person within the team has a specific role and there's not a lot of crossover between the roles which means that we cover a large number of disciplines within such a small team where other institutions may have more people however I find that having sole responsibility for an area means that we've quickly become specialists within our own library environment and of course each team member is willing to provide assistance or support to the others my necessary as I've mentioned previously my role as library advisor predominantly includes assisting undergraduate students through roster time on the help desk and and providing information resource research and teaching and learning support to the liaison librarians I I don't have direct involvement with postgraduate students or academic staff and research support including research data management services that's a very small part of that library advisor role they're not complementary roles library advisor and research data librarian in a way my two part-time roles allow me to experience the best of both worlds so teaching and learning from the library advisor side and research support from the research librarians side so that was for about seven months last year that I was doing those two roles and it was hard splitting my time between the two different roles two different desks two different teams and having to say no I don't have time to do that many times over but I absolutely loved it I loved it so that's just some of the roles I've
had previously currently instead of my permanent library advisor position I'm working as a project coordinator for the electronic research notebook implementation project and I really have to second what Cathy said about Project Work in this space it's a great opportunity to to learn new skills and to just be involved in projects at about the forefront you know ever-changing sort of research data management fear so my specific duties include working with researchers and software vendors to trial at the moment we're only trial in one electronic notebook system with our Institute of future environments and our Institute of Health and biomedical innovation and we're looking to implement one or more within multiple research laboratories at QUT one thing coming up that I have to admit that I have no experience with is a request for offer or tender process and will need to undertake that - - I select and purchase electronic research notebook systems for QUT so the skills and knowledge that I
think are required to work in within the research data management area include a working knowledge of information management systems and that includes digital repository repository systems knowledge of the developments in research data management we've certainly had quite a few changes recently and staying up to date with those is very important when you're talking with researchers knowledge of metadata schemas as well so what they're used for how they use them and how to use them for quality control purposes as well I think interpersonal communication skills are very important especially if you're dealing a lot with external stakeholders so for me that was researchers as well as professional staff at QUT project management planning problem-solving and organizational skills definitely are a big one as well as the ability to work on your own and in a team having some experience with developing training courses and providing support to two researchers is great if you have it but you know that's something that you can develop on the go and written written communication skills or reporting skills I found where a big something that I have developed quite a lot over the last few years I would say so that's it for me Gerry thanks for this opportunity to - let me tell everyone about what I do it is you know in many paths to the one destination so I thank you so much thank you so much filler for that fantastic and another really interesting journey and I guess
some nice seconding of some of the skills and experiences that Cathy's also mentioned as well so thanks Philippa and
I will hand over now to David groan awaken


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