The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Service National Leadership Planning grant.
With this grant, the two libraries will collaboratively develop an instructional framework and delivery system for openly accessible, online instructional modules on preserving, managing, and sharing digital data. When implemented, these modules will be delivered to students in science courses at each institution, ranging from first-year science and engineering students, to graduate-level medical, nursing, and biomedical students. The two libraries will also develop a plan for a prototype data repository for student work. The primary goal of the project is to teach essential data management skills early in the training of both science and medical professionals. Lamar Soutter Library Director, Elaine Martin serves as PI for the project. Martin and Tracey Leger-Hornby, Dean of Library Services at WPI, are co-chairs for the project steering committee. Lamar Soutter librarians Donna Kafel, Project Coordinator and Mary Piorun and WPI’s Director of Research Computing, Sia Najafi, serve on the project Steering Committee.