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Research Data Management Librarian Academy [RDMLA] is a Course

Research Data Management Librarian Academy [RDMLA]



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1.5-2 hrs/unit



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Certificate; Cont Ed Credits (CEUs)


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The Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA) is a free online professional development program for librarians, information professionals, or other professionals who work in a data-intensive environment throughout the world. RDMLA features a unique partnership between a LIS academic program, seven academic health sciences and research libraries in the New England area, and Elsevier.

The RDMLA curriculum focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed to collaborate effectively with researchers on data management. The curriculum features Eight Online Self-paced Learning Units that cover topics such as the foundations of research data management (RDM), research culture, advocating and marketing for RDM services in libraries, project management, an overview of research data management tools and etc.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Summarize research workflow and specify information professionals’ role in each stage of the data life cycle
  • Understand the value and approaches to navigating research culture and partnering with members of the research ecosystem
  • Identify institutional research data management stakeholders and describe strategies for advocating the library’s role in RDM
  • Design action plans to launch and manage data services in libraries
  • Develop RDM project management plans and evaluate RDM processes, outcomes, and impact/value
  • Describe the steps of data analysis and visualization and develop skills in using relevant tools such as R and Tableau
  • Develop skills in using appropriately RDM programming tools such as Python and Jupyter Notebook to meet data needs
  • Gain familiarity with a variety of platform tools for data sharing, storage, discovery, reuse, and reproducibility

Target Audience: Librarians, information professionals, or other professionals who work in a research-intensive environment throughout the world.

Course is offered by the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA) Partnership with financial support from Elsevier.

RDMLA Lead Instructors

Elaine Martin

Elaine Martin

Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Countway Library

Elaine Martin joined the Countway Library as the Director and Chief Administrative Officer in 2016. Under her direction she oversees and manages a complex organization with a $11 million budget and one of the largest collections of both current medical research materials and historical and rare collections in the world, holding more than 630K vol.

Rong Tang

Rong Tang

Associate Professor & Director of SLIS Ph.D. Program

Rong Tang received her doctorate from the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She has taught evaluation of information services, technology for information professionals, library automation systems, digital information services and providers, research methods and design, and usability research.

Jean Shipman

Jean Shipman

Vice President, Global Library Relations, Elsevier

Jean is Elsevier’s leading ambassador to the library community. In her previous role at the University of Utah, she served as Executive Director, Knowledge Management and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and Director for Information Transfer, Center for Medical Innovation. She also served as Director, MidContinental Region and National Training Office, National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


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