Explore Your Library's Role in Research Data Management with New Webinar Recordings

A major focus of the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) is engaging partner intuitions around issues facing libraries; and over the last few months the RLP has held three webinars and convened a complimentary interest group dedicated to the emerging topic of research data management and the role that libraries are and could play in this area. Though the live webinars were held for RLP member institutions only, now the three-part series of webinars is available as recordings, open for anyone to watch on demand.

Understanding Institutional Research Data Management (RDM) Services
This first webinar in the series introduces the ways in which RDM services are developing at research universities worldwide and offers a model of RDM services to support discussion and decision making. Led by Senior Research Scientist Brian Lavoie, you can gain an understanding of the major trends shaping the scholarly record of the 21st century, learn about RDM—a key aspect of today’s scholarly record—and explore examples of how universities are meeting the RDM needs of their faculty and students.  

Identifying and Acting on Incentives When Planning RDM Services
Senior Program Officer Rebecca Bryant and Senior Research Scientist Ixchel M. Faniel, continue exploring the factors influencing institutional decision making when developing resources and support for research data management. Bryant presents a model to identify and act on locally relevant incentives, e.g. compliance, evolving scholarly norms, institutional strategy, and researcher demand. Faniel focuses on researchers’ demand, given their data management, sharing, and reuse practices and needs.

Acquiring RDM Services for Your Institution
The final webinar in the series highlights key choices in acquiring RDM services, with an emphasis on the internal/external sourcing decisions, and the importance of partnerships with stakeholders both on campus and beyond. Presenters Bryant and Lavoie examine how institutions are making decisions about infrastructures, services, and personnel to support local RDM services.

Additionally, the RLP created a Research Data Management Interest Group to engage directly with OCLC Research and with each other, using the RDM frameworks offered in The Realities of Research Data Management report series to explore local conditions, understand practices of other research institutions, and plan service offerings. Read more about the interest group in this article by Brian Lavoie. Although the interest group is wrapping up, you can download learner guides from the interest group page that correspond with each webinar and contain information, discussion questions, and recommended reading.

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