ACRL Workshop: "Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work"

RDM: Research Data Management

Bring the one-day workshop, "Building your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work," to your campus, chapter, or consortia. The workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country upon request. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

Program Description

Research data management has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This one-day workshop will assist liaisons to identify their existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services and then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines. Tools, hints, and tricks will be shared that facilitate partnerships on campus with disciplinary faculty and with other RDM service providers.

Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will be able to. . .

  • Identify data within the research process and lifecycle in order to articulate the role of the libraries in the management of data to researchers.
  • Learn how to develop expertise in the nuances of disciplinary requirements for data management in order to educate their faculty and students about data best practices for their discipline.
  • Articulate specific existing skills that they already possess as librarians which transfer to data services in order to begin building a toolkit of research data management skills.
  • Identify campus partners in research data management in order to create an environment of research data management support for their faculty.
  • Articulate the parts of a data management plan in order to describe its role as a living document within a research project.
  • Apply their relevant prior knowledge of their disciplines in order to create a research data management interview plan in order to facilitate faculty engagement.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for liaisons who are seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. This workshop is an introductory level experience. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians, secondary audience include senior library administrators, middle management and department heads, and technical services librarians and staff. Other campus partners such as Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, IRB, or campus IT may be interested but would be a tertiary audience.

Sample Schedule

Time Activity
8:30-9:00 a.m. Introduction
9:00-9:45 a.m. An Overview of Research Data Management
10:00 -11:15 a.m. Applying Liaison Skills to RDM
11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Learning to Serve Your Discipline’s Data Needs
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Planning for Data Management
3:15-4:30 p.m. Developing Campus Partners and Collaborations
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Tying It All Together


Expert presenters include:

Kristin BrineyKristin Briney, PhD, MLIS, is the Data Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches data management skills, advises researchers on data management plans, and leads the Library's effort to better preserve its digital assets. Kristin is a former chemistry researchers and shares her practical data expertise via her blog and in her book, "Data Management for Researchers." She has also taught a 12-week continuing education course on data management for librarians. Outside of UW-Milwaukee, Kristin is the founding co-organizer of the Midwest Data Librarians Symposium and does research on institutional data policy. Learn more about Kristin in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Christina Chan-Park

Christina Chan-Park is the Science Librarian at Baylor University, where she serves as liaison to nine STEM departments (down from a high of 17). Her librarianship research focuses on scholarly communications, specifically data management, bibliometrics, and academic identity. She is one of two librarians on campus who reviews data management plans and also leads workshops on data management, applying what she learned through her graduate academic certificate in Digital Curation and Data Management from the University of North Texas. Beyond Baylor, Chan-Park is active in various geophysics professional organizations (her original research field), the Science and Technology Section of ACRL, and her local public library commission board. Learn more about Christina in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Abigail GobenAbigail Goben, MLS is an Assistant Professor and Liaison Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences, where she serves as liaison to the College of Dentistry and collaborates with faculty on research data management. Her research focuses on institutional data policies; educational needs in research data management; and open access. Goben is engaged with efforts on campus surrounding research data management and data governance for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Beyond UIC, Goben is active with the Library Information Technology Association and Association for College and Research Libraries.

Megan Sapp NelsonMegan Sapp Nelson, MLS is an Associate Professor of Library Sciences and Liaison Librarian at Purdue University, where she serves as liaison to Civil Engineering and related engineering and technology disciplines and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Her research focuses on data information literacy; teaching professional skills to engineering students; and integration of information literacy and data information literacy within the disciplinary curricula. Sapp Nelson is involved in campus efforts surrounding data information literacy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Beyond Purdue, Sapp Nelson is active in American Society of Engineering Education’s Engineering Libraries Division. Learn more about Megan in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Laura PalumboLaura Palumbo, MLIS, PE, is the Chemistry & Physics Librarian and Science Data Specialist at Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, NJ. She liaises with departments in the physical sciences, and coordinates efforts, identifies opportunities, and develops services for the access and preservation of data for the Rutgers New Brunswick scientific research community. She conducts workshops with campus partners on various aspects of research data sharing and reuse, bringing together faculty and students from departments across the New Brunswick Campuses. Her research focus is engagement with science communities and research data services in academic libraries. She is active in several professional organizations, and serves as the Assistant Editor of Practical Academic Librarianship. Learn more about Laura in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Sarah WrightSarah Wright is Life Sciences Librarian for Research at Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library, where she provides reference services, serves as liaison for the life sciences community, and participates in research support service initiatives including data curation. She is active in Cornell's campus-wide Research Data Management Service Group, providing instruction and consultation services to students, faculty and staff. After getting involved in data information literacy efforts in 2012, Sarah has led data management workshops and special events, and developed and taught two credit-bearing courses for graduate students and undergraduates involved in research on campus. Her research interests include data management and scholarly communication and information trends in the molecular and life sciences disciplines. Sarah has a B.S. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and M.S. degrees in Botany and in Information Science. Beyond Cornell, Sarah is a member of the Science and Technology Section of ACRL and other formal and informal professional organizations. Learn more about Sarah in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Host Responsibilities

  • Reservation of meeting space and audio-visual equipment, and printing of workshop handouts and materials, per the requirements provided by ACRL.
  • On-site instructional technology and AV support as needed.
  • Reservation of lodging and ensure presenters are given clear understanding of satisfactory ground transportation options.
  • Communicate regularly with presenters regarding program and logistics.
  • Catering for workshop participants and presenters, including refreshment breaks and/or meal services (e.g., breakfast, lunch) as appropriate.
  • Volunteer staff as needed (e.g., general oversight, check-in assistants).
  • Management of registration process, if any.
  • Compilation of attendee roster with complete contact information and registration list.
  • Participant and presenter name badges.

ACRL Responsibilities

  • One full-day workshop at the Host’s site.
  • Expert presenters to teach the workshop. ACRL will cover the expenses for presenter honorarium; presenter travel expenses will be invoiced to the hosts. 
  • Delivery of workshop handouts prior to workshop date.
  • Evaluation design and compilation for overall workshop. ACRL will provide a final evaluation summary report.

How to bring the workshop to your campus or region

Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and complete workshop details. Hosts may choose to recover their costs through registration fees.