Monday, August 12, 2013

eScience Series: Week 1 of 5


Week 1: e-Science Portal for New England Librarians
Thursday, August 15, 2013
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat

First Twitter chat and not sure what to do? Here's a Quick Guide to Twitter Chats to help!

Join your colleagues for the first of a five week series presented by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Lamar Soutter Library eligible for Medical Library Association Continuing Education hours (more on that at the bottom of this post) where we will be discussing the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians ( and the e-Science Community blog

On this first night of the series, Donna Kafel will officially guest host on her Twitter account (@dmkafel) but will mention @NERescience and how it is used to communicate news/events and relevant information. Topics Donna plans to cover include:

1. The portal's purpose--to provide librarians with the tools, knowledge and skills to effectively participate in networked science.

2.  The portal's intended audience:  librarians working in research organizations that generate, share, store and/or use data for basic scientific research in the health, biological, and physical sciences. Donna will also note that we will be revising the portal scope statement to include library/ischool students in addition to working librarians.

3. Key sections of the portal where librarians can access specific information such as Funders' requirements, research lifecycles, repositories, courses and professional development opportunities, and the e-Science Community blog . The blog provides information on upcoming news and events and provides a platform for reviews and commentaries.

4. "Events for New England Librarians" that are posted on the home page of the portal and discuss them:  the annual e-Science symposium, professional development days, and the Science Boot Camp.

5. Their editorial board's plans to restructure the portal so that librarians who are doing specific work such as data management consulting, developing data repositories, or teaching research data management can easily find the tools they need. 

The five week schedule includes:

August 15th:  Donna Kafel                            e-Science portal
August 22nd:  Kevin Read                             e-Science thesaurus
August 29th:  Andrew Creamer          New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum
Sept. 5: Sally Gore                             Role of the informationist on research teams
Sept. 12:Lisa Palmer & Kate Thornhill   Institutional repositoriesand open access

Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) Hours
by Nikki Dettmar @eagledawg

Interested in earning between 5 to 8 hours of MLA CE (sorry, no partial hours awarded) for participation in the #medlibs eScience series for free to $5? Please register at this link during the series (now through September 12th). The registration link has specific details on what actions participants need to take in order for CE hours to be awarded.

Why so many variables? As most of us know how vacation schedules go during the month of August, some specifics are still being worked out with the Medical Library Association but one thing is certain: I have applied for and MLA has pre-approved this eScience series for CE, which is a very new and exciting development I am thrilled to announce. Any costs collected would go directly to MLA per the specifications of their Discussion Group Program. I am volunteering my time as convener for all program coordination, verification of participation, administration of evaluations and issuance of CE on my own non-work time because I believe so strongly in this new venue of professional development for our field.

I will update with more specific details when they are known, and thanks for your support!


  1. Can someone please explain how this will work? Do participants tweet during the presentation? Is there a presentation? Thanks--Susan

    1. Hi Susan! Please check out a few transcriptsif you're unfamiliar with how a #medlibs chat on Twitter works. I and others will be there to help along the way tonight as well. Thanks! - Nikki

  2. I think my head finally stopped spinning from last night's Twitter chat! I'm not a huge tweeter, so the experience was unique for me. Overall, I really enjoyed it--the best thing was the resource sharing. One of my favorite things about librarianship is how effective the team teach & learn approach can be, it was so clearly exhibited here. I learned lots of new terms and heard old terms used in new ways.

    The transcript was a lifesaver--things were so much clearer after I re-read through it. It's also really helpful because it includes live links to the resources people shared.

    Research Data Management and Data Management Plans are themes that I'm looking forward to delving deeper into in upcoming chats. I'm also interested in learning more about bioinformatics, so I'll be investigating the resources surrounding that.

    It was a tiny bit overwhelming, but interesting and helpful. Now that I have the hang of things, I hope to be more 'vocal' in future chats.