Flying solo: Data librarians working outside traditional roles - Presented by Teis

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Did you know there are data librarians who work outside of (traditional) libraries? For some, being a data librarian means leaving the relative comfort of the library behind and ‘flying solo’ into unchartered territory. These are new and demanding roles that require a steep learning curve with minimal support. In this webinar, three data librarians working outside of libraries will share their experience of going it alone, reflecting on these challenging yet rewarding roles that push the boundaries of librarianship and open new opportunities for the profession. Michelle Teis has more than 25 years’ industry experience, senior consultant Michelle Teis is an enterprise information management expert specialising in content, data and knowledge management, and information privacy.
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lovely thank you like Siobhan I'm I'm very much not your traditional librarian in fact libraries came to me in the middle of my career so I'm currently a
senior information management consultant with a company that specializes in purely data and information management problem solving so the way that I got here was that even though I have library qualifications and information science qualifications and I've always had those actually started my career working with records and records management so doing learning about the information lifecycle and how that can be applied health and government organizations manage the extended information stores that they have you know manner that provided productivity and efficiency and enable people to have the right information at the right time to make decisions that they needed to I worked across government sector in both record them in a web management role and in this role I used those library skills to actually develop information architectures to look at the accessibility of websites and this is where I actually started to gather a love of metadata so at this point in time I was assigning and writing metadata models for large-scale government websites I was developing information architectures for multiple domain sites looking at navigation schemes and the way that people actually use the content and I suppose that's what was a little bit different about my web management in that I came from it from them the information perspective and not on the technical perspective so I used to drive the tech hose mad because it's a rubble I need this piece of information I need to save it in one place and it needs to be serviced in multiple times and it needs to be viewed by multiple people and look different for each of them so I used to lay down the challenge but they were always under lied by own basic information management principles I then moved into the library sector and I worked in the university area particularly in academic libraries and not for a long time I must say that I did actually go to the library there in the middle of my time before moving into research data and I spent a couple of years working with purely research data management and looking at establishing I did establish a national metadata exchange framework for science data I was involved in the development of a data discovery portal for the terrestrial ecosystem research Network otherwise anonymous tune purely the sharing of science data across Australia to improve decisions about our biodiversity following on from that I actually worked with the biodiversity climate change virtual laboratory which is another it's a virtual laboratory that enabled scientists and researchers to go in use data that was open and available to them in formats that was consumable and actually run experiments in a virtual environment and this was all based on the accessibility of the information the quality of the information the metadata behind the information and looking at new scientific discoveries so those few years in my life were actually really really productive been really influential and at that time I was quite involved with Anne's and to this day still remain on the and trixie advisory board in that metadata role since that time I've actually moved into the consulting field and this has put me in the private sector for the first time in in a career that spans over 25 years the attraction to me was not so much the consulting component but it was the broad diversity and range of experiences that were available with the company that I work with and then that's a company that specializes purely an information and data management so for me the attraction was to get in here and to get involved in information and data scenarios that may be throughout my career even though I've worked across records I've worked across web libraries and with research data quite extensively I may not have experienced so it was a rounding out of my career really so here
I am the company that i'm working for although this is irrelevant to today's presentation it hones in on exactly why I'm here the company has four practices one for business which I don't work in at all I work across the practices of information data and also collaboration and productivity which part is really looking at stretch information so that it can be exchanged and shared sort of nationally really so our work across those three spaces this is a company whose pure existence is to solve business problems through information and data so my role here uses all of the skills that I've gathered throughout my career it uses and they're all founded in basic information science there's no rocket science to what I do it takes some critical thinking a lot of analytical skills using basic iron foundational skills and that's really what it is me
in my past six months of experience just to share with you the types of things that I'm working across now these are 12 engagements that I've actually learned so I do quite a bit project management in this role and I'll run you through each of these so you can you can share with me the diversity of the types of work on time I've done many information privacy assessments so that's helping people who are looking at transitioning to software as a service type models where they're transferring their information offshore and they need to ensure that they are following privacy legislation and that they're predicting their identities of their clients all the information and people that they hold I've established data quality scores force or large government agencies so a way for them to measure the quality of the data looking at all of the dimensions of data and I've set up processes for them to do that I've develop Internet Information architectures for in the utility sector sector sorry for large service delivery of organizations and that involved a lot of collaboration and information sharing spaces and including multiple uses of information so single source multiple times or that I've developed data quality frameworks again in New South Wales this time for New South Wales Government looking at a whole framework for measuring data quality so not just schools in this instance but taking into account all of their structured unstructured data and actually looking at raising the quality of that and scoring in that component was just one of the things we look fat I've run open data environmental scan so
for particular topics identifying what open data is available fessing the quality of that assigning metadata to that and putting that forward for one of the local universities to use in one of their science research projects i've developed knowledge management blueprints that enable people to share the information that they have but also to capture knowledge from personality they come and go and to keep that within the organisation and build on that I've prepared information audits for ASX listed companies both in Australia and overseas so massive great company is looking at you know what information do we actually have what format is then where is it how do we access it why we've got ten copies of it all that since then I've looked at all of developed information as it registers again this one in the government sector looking at recording the high-value information assets looking at how they're being used how use of those could be improved over time I've done many an information management policy review particularly for University I've been involved recently in leading a large data analytics project so looking at developing insights that haven't been I suppose recognized previously until such time as we sat down and we analyzed some very large data sets and so they can visualize from our from then provide alternate options and different insights back to that organisation which enables them to change their policy to make new decisions to do things in a different
way because they've got this level of predictive analysis from their data that they've never actually had before I'm currently working on an engagement to develop a business intelligent roadmap which is looking at actually using data across a large organisation in a much more intelligent way data warehousing looking at data Mart's and using data cubes for the performance reporting all of that sort of stuff and I've developed which is a bit of a staple of developed quite a few data management plans over my time in again working in this company as a senior consultant we do work with both private
and public sector organizations that do use that on management plans even if they're not in university sector and so that's a really comforting thing so that's compared to me out of six months I've actually been consulting in this industry now for about 18 months I just have so much diversity of experience working in this environment that it's really really valuable and I suppose that's the one thing that keeps making
the challenge is gonna are managing time cost quality and scope I do leave these engagements so you're dealing with a client you're delivering to a deadline keeping it within their costs you've got to deliver high quality because that's what this company is based on and yet you have to obviously manage the scope for anyone who's done project management you know that those things don't always come easy so you know that's a constant battle I struggled with work-life balance that's that seems to travel with me though I think that's more of an issue of me than the job but particularly when I'm working to deadlines I'm definitely have problems with that it's always a challenge to maintain and develop skills I'm currently in a position where I've provide advice to organizations and therefore you need to know that the advice that you're providing is based on sound practices and principles that it can be backed up and that it is it's fit for purpose for the organization lettin dealing with so there's quite a bit of research involved in finding out what the position of that organisation is before you can actually provide advice and I find keeping abreast of industry trends and developments is quite challenging because I'm working across such a diversity of areas there's a lot of areas that I ought to be in a nutshell that's how I got beyond the challenges I face and the title their project all of this is based on my my skills in managing information and on suppose for anyone else that was interested in looking outside of the library my advice would be to never limit yourself these skills form the
basis of so many problem-solving activities and if people knew how to manage their information better there would be better decisions a more timely manner based on much more accurate in keeping up to date for me is is that struggle on forever reading on forever doing extra courses reading blogs looking at webinars collaborating college I'm continually doing some form of study so it is a constant but all in all it's very rewarding so that's it in
a nutshell