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

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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.

Number of presenters: Two presenters for up to 100 participants.

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.

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

Sample Schedule

Total Time: 8 hours

  • 30 Minutes: Welcome and Introduction
  • 45 Minutes: An Overview of Research Data Management
  • 75 Minutes: Applying Liaison Skills to RDM
  • 75 Minutes: Learning to Serve Your Discipline’s Data Needs
  • 60 Minutes: Lunch
  • 90 Minutes: Planning for Data Management
  • 75 Minutes: Developing Campus Partners and Collaborations
  • 30 Minutes: Tying It All Together


Christina Chan-Park headshot

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.

Laura Palumbo headshot

Laura 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.


Don't take our word for it. See what participants are saying!

“I feel so much more confident now about working with faculty and data management plans.”

“This is an AMAZING workshop. It really starts from the beginning and brings everyone to a common point of understanding. It is a perfect learning opportunity for my small library/colleagues to figure out how we fit in using our existing skills.”

“I'm more confident now in my ability to approach faculty and other stakeholders about data management in a way that is thoughtful and thorough.”

“All of the different aspects to data management were made much more clear!”

“As one who does not specialize in data management, I appreciated that there was material for all levels of involvement.”

“I think the handouts were excellent. I plan to use a number of these in my work (either to help structure my thinking or give me action items). I also really appreciated all the different active learning activities and will be looking to use some of those in my own classes! Thank you!”

“Really good workshop, well run, and I enjoyed in particular hearing from the researchers on what kind of data they actually collected.”

“The information presented was 100% useful to my job.”

“This will better my own practices and I have a few ideas I can implement on my campus, but I also feel emboldened to begin teaching my colleagues.”

“It helped me identify how I can approach data needs in my discipline. Now I know what I need to know.”

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