Three UNC librarians will be part of a collaborative grant project that will deliver instruction in data management principles and techniques to librarians, archivists, information and library science students, and researchers in the sciences, social sciences, and health sciences.
The librarians are Barrie Hayes, bioinformatics and translational science librarian at the UNC Health Sciences Library; Michele Hayslett, librarian for numeric data services and data management; and Danianne Mizzy, head of Kenan Science Information Services. They will help design and conduct interviews and focus groups, provide guidance on the creation of instructional tools, and participate in instruction related to the grant.
The nearly $500,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will fund the project “Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education (CRADLE): Data Management Education Tools for Librarians, Archivists, & Content Creators.” Dr. Helen Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science is the principal investigator and Dr. Paul Mihas, assistant director of Education and Qualitative Research at UNC’s Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, is co-investigator.
Members of the project team aim to produce data management instructional courses via massive open online courses (MOOCs), provide multimedia self-paced courses through online “Free University” platforms, and coordinate face-to-face workshops.
The grant process was competitive, with IMLS making only 21 awards from among 84 applications totaling $29,146,953.
“As the information needs of Americans have evolved, so has the work of American libraries and librarians,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program helps address these needs by supporting the professional development and education of a new generation of librarians.”