Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work (Off-RoadShow Virtual Workshop)

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Research data management has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This online 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. Presenters will use interactive experiences to facilitate learning.

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Who Should Participate?

This online workshop is an introductory level experience 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. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians; secondary audience includes 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.

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Learning Outcomes

After attending this online 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to develop expertise in the nuances of disciplinary requirements for data management.
  • Articulate the parts of a data management plan in order to describe its role as a living document within a research project.
  • Identify campus partners in research data management in order to create an environment of research data management support for their faculty.
  • Plan their next steps for engaging in research data management at their institution.

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Sample Schedule

This workshop takes place across two consecutive half-days, and the schedule is flexible as to mornings or afternoons. Below is a sample agenda of a workshop scheduled over a Thursday and Friday afternoon:

Day 1 (Thu)

1:00-1:15pm: Welcome and Introduction
1:15-2:00pm: Situating Libraries in Data
2:00-2:15pm: Break
2:15-3:30pm: Applying Liaison Skills to RDM
3:30-3:45pm: Break
3:45-5:00pm: Learning to Serve Your Discipline's Data Needs

Day 2 (Fri)

1:00-1:15pm: Review of Day 1
1:15-2:45pm: Planning for Data Management
2:45-3:00pm: Break
3:00-4:15pm: Developing Campus Partners and Collaborations
4:15-4:30pm: Break
4:30-5:00pm: Summary and Next Steps


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Christina Chan-Park
Christina Chan-Park
Laura Palumbo
Laura Palumbo


Cost: $6,000 (as low as $100/person!)
Participants: 15 - 60
Presenters: 2

Organizational members of ACRL receive a 10% discount off the hosting cost. Not sure about your organization's membership status? Contact Margot Conahan at to find out.

Host Responsibilities

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Technology Requirements

Virtual Meeting Platform License and DJ

Host should have a virtual meeting platform license and provide someone to coordinate technical issues for the live sessions. Note: Presenters have a strong preference for Zoom. Please let ACRL know if your institution uses a different virtual meeting platform.

Host's virtual meeting software must have the following features:

  • Screen sharing capabilities
  • Breakout rooms
  • Chat
  • Polling
  • Ability to mute participants
  • Virtual hand-raise feature
  • Closed captioning

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Other Host Responsibilities

  • Management of registration process, including adding specific qusetions requested by the presenters to the registration form
  • Communicating with presenters and attendees
  • Marketing and publicity of the virtual workshop
  • Limit attendance to participant level set by ACRL
  • Provide attendee roster to presenters and ACRL
  • Ensuring a safe and harassment-free learning environment. We invite and encourage you to use ACRL's Statement of Appropriate Conduct as a model.

Ready to take your library off-road? Get in touch!

To schedule a virtual workshop, please contact Margot Conahan at