What do you do with all that data?
Research generates data. The question for researchers and librarians is: After the research is over, what do we do with all that data? Institutions are increasingly asking their researchers to develop data management plans, which describe what to do with data during research and, more important from a library’s perspective, what the researcher intends to do with the data once the project is completed. In the past, much of this data may have had a physical presence, but these days, data is often digital, which creates a new set of questions and concerns, such as “What is the best format in which to record the data to allow for later retrieval?”
Libraries are an important part of both data collection, management, and archival and as such, librarians need to be aware of the best practices surrounding data management. Furthermore, in this Internet-connected age, it is important to consider the benefits and ramifications of sharing data. As organizations that have long promoted the sharing of information, libraries have a vested interest in this conversation, and are in an excellent position to serve as partners in data management.
Anyone who works with researchers and their data is invited to join us before our Spring Membership Meeting for a special presentation by Jack O’Gorman on data management. O’Gorman is a reference librarian at the University of Dayton with an interest in data management. Check out his excellent research guide on writing a data management plan and come hear him speak at Dayton Metro Library’s Miami Township Branch on April 19th.
~Cassondra Vick, Technology Educator, SWON Libraries
Office Politics and Your "Political Landscape"
Not an academic librarian? We still have plenty for you to do on April 19th! Plan on attending our Spring Membership Meeting, where our featured speaker, Barry Morris will talk about “Navigating YOUR Political Landscape.”
We’re all tired of politics, but we’re not talking about THAT kind of politics. Organizational politics involve the unwritten rules and unofficial power-players of your workplace and these are politics you may not be able to afford to ignore. Want to enjoy a delicious lunch, a tour of the new Miami Township branch, and learn more about how to deal with the politics of your office? Register now and join us in Miami Township starting at noon. And stay after Barry’s presentation for our Membership meeting to vote and learn more about SWON.
ALAO Scholarship Deadline: April 10th
The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For this reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce.
The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s bursar account for tuition at his or her academic institution. As the scholarship recipient, the student also will receive a complimentary registration for ALAO’s Annual Conference and a year of mentoring by a selected ALAO Member.
Applications will be accpeted until April 10th at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ctDnbiaShSwodPn
For additional information or questions, please contact the ALAO Diversity Committee Chair.