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Assessment of Data Management Services at New England Region Resource Libraries

  • Julie Goldman (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Donna Kafel (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Elaine R. Martin (University of Massachusetts Medical School)


Objective: To understand how New England medical libraries are addressing scientific research data management and providing services to their communities.

Setting: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) contains 17 Resource Libraries. The University of Massachusetts Medical School serves as the New England Regional Medical Library (RML). Sixteen of the NER Resource Libraries completed this survey.

Methods: A 40-question online survey assessed libraries’ services and programs for providing research data management education and support. Libraries shared their current plans and institutional challenges associated with developing data services.

Results: This study shows few NER Resource Libraries currently integrate scientific research data management into their services and programs, and highlights the region’s use of resources provided by the NN/LM NER RML at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Conclusions: Understanding the types of data services being delivered at NER libraries helps to inform the NN/LM NER about the eScience learning needs of New England medical librarians and helps in the planning of professional development programs that foster effective biomedical research data services.

Keywords: research data management, data services, New England Region, Resource Libraries

How to Cite:

Goldman, J. & Kafel, D. & Martin, E. R., (2015) “Assessment of Data Management Services at New England Region Resource Libraries”, Journal of eScience Librarianship 4(1): 4. doi: https://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2015.1068

Rights: Copyright © 2015 The Author(s).

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Published on
16 Jul 2015