Past Programs

Love Data Week! Coffee Talks with RDSIG

February 13, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Join The ACRL New England Research Data Services Interest Group on February 13 from 11am-noon for a Zoom coffee hour during Love Data Week to discuss topics related to “My Kind of Data”. We will have an open conversation and would love to hear what’s on your mind.  Some topics on our minds include what kinds of data you work with, what data means to you in the face of AI mimicry and fabrication, and how can we be sure that data is replicable and reliable? How can we be aware of the ways in which data are used for nefarious purposes?


Thursday, Nov 2, 2023 02:00 PM (Zoom event)

Virtual Coffee Talk: What’s New for You in Research Data Services?

Attend a structured discussion around what’s new in research data services.  What trends are you seeing?  Is there any shift or change in your consultation requests?

In addition to what you’re up to, we’ll discuss “hot topics,” such as   
- Has the exponential increase in the visibility of AI had any impact on your role?
- Are you participating in any bibliometrics projects or is it on the radar at your institution?
- Are you getting DMP requests from departments you’ve never worked with in response to the Nelson Memo/OSTP?

Finally, we will ask you your opinion on future events for the Research Data Special Interest Group.  What are you interested in for future roundtables this upcoming academic year?


17th Research Data Roundtable: July 20th, 10 AM -3 PM

Topic: Building Relationships with IT for Research Data Support

UMass Amherst Science & Engineering Library

Join a panel of librarians providing data services sharing their experience of building connections with campus IT and other research data service units on campus for more coordinated research data support.  How do these relationships begin?  How can you develop them into sustainable partnerships?  What does this enable you to do that you wouldn’t be able to without it?  

The morning panel will be followed by a break for lunch and an afternoon roundtable discussion session to develop the ideas shared in the panel into actionable steps at your home institutions.


9-10 Coffee, snacks, and welcome
10-11:30 Panel and Discussion
11:30-1:00 Lunch on campus
1:00-2:15 Roundtable Discussions
2:15-3:00 Share Out and Roundup

Parking info:


  • Park at a metered parking space. (Certain lots have parking meter pay stations.) Cost is $1.50/hour. Meters are enforced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Park at the Campus Center Parking Garage: $1.75/hr.
  • Buy a One-Day Temporary Parking Pass: $8.00/day from Parking Services.
  • Melanie R. recommends the metered spaces in Lot 43 in front of Totman Gym.  Access to this lot is from N Residential Dr via N Pleasant St and from Eastman Lane.  The Science and Engineering Library is a 3 minute walk.  If those spaces are full, the next nearest is the (one and only) Parking Garage.  That's more like a 7 minute walk to SEL.
Using GPS:
Google Maps has "Totman Gym" as a location.  If using other GPS devices, use 30 Eastman Ln, Amherst, MA
Google Maps has the Parking Garage as "Campus Center Parking Garage."  If using other GPS devices, use 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA



Steve Bischof: Steve has worked in libraries for nearly 30 years.  He has worked as a science librarian, systems librarian, assessment librarian and managing and implementing library technologies in general.  He currently is the Research Data and Digital Scholarship librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Patricia Condon is Assistant Professor, Research Data Services Librarian at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Patti collaborates with units across campus to support the growing data management, data literacy, and open science needs of the UNH scholarly community. She is Interim Chair of UNH’s Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity Committee and a member of UNH’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Patti was founding co-chair of the Research Data Special Interest Group with the Association of Research Libraries New England Chapter. She currently serves as treasurer for Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP). Patti earned her PhD in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and her MLIS and MA in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Jim Burke, Ph.D, Research Librarian

Jim works as a Research and Instruction Librarian at Mount Holyoke College. He assists researchers at Mount Holyoke in creating data management plans, curating data and making use of data repositories.  He works with library and IT colleagues to support the range of data services and preservation for researchers at Mount Holyoke College. Jim is the co-chair of the Research Data Special Interest Group with the Association of Research Libraries New England Chapter and is a Certified Software Carpentry Instructor. 

Sarah Oelker, MLIS, Data Services Specialist

Sarah has worked as a Science Librarian and as a Data Services Specialist at Mount Holyoke College. They have provided data management and curation consultations for STEM researchers at all levels and played a key role in establishing a network of library and IT support for research data users at Mount Holyoke College.  Sarah is a Certified Software Carpentry Instructor.


Roundtable #16 :NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, and Data Management Plans. December 14, 2022 (Virtual on Zoom)

Join us online the afternoon of Wednesday December 14, 2022 for the 16th Research Data Roundtable, sponsored by the ACRL/NEC Research Data Services Interest Group (RDSIG). This event will feature a presentation from the providers of the DMPTool at the University of California Curation Center (UC3). The DMPTool is a free online application that helps researchers create data management plans that comply with funder requirements. They will also discuss how the DMPTool will support the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan taking effect in January 2023. We will also have presentations featuring Megan Potterbusch, Research Data Steward of the Harvard Kennedy School and Julie Goldman from the Harvard Library Research Data Management Program on their experiences with the DMPTool. After the presentations we will have a Roundtable where attendees can engage with the content and share their own experiences or aspirations.

The Research Data Management Roundtables are a series of events targeting librarians who are actively engaged in research data management to create a Community of Practice (COP). At the roundtable librarians will discuss with their colleagues their own experiences and learn from each other. Each roundtable will have a pre-set topic(s) for discussion. The focus is on practical details and learning from each other's experiences.

January 12, 2022 - "Data Labs and the Library"
Online event in Zoom

Join us online for an event sponsored by the ACRL/NEC Research Data Services SIG. This event will feature speakers from the Tufts Data Lab in the Tisch Library (Medford) and in the Hirsh Health Sciences Library (Boston) discussing their experience establishing and running their Data Labs. The talk will highlight collaborating to create the space, skills and tools in the lab, student Lab Assistant support, how librarians are involved or supporting this effort, and incorporating digital humanities support. After the talk we will have a Roundtable discussion where attendees can engage with the content and share their own experiences or aspirations.

January 14, 2021 - "Researcher Perspectives on Open Data & Open Scholarship"
Online event in Zoom.

Join us online for an event sponsored by the ACRL/NEC Research Data Services and Scholarly Communication SIGs. This event will feature a panel of researchers talking about their perspectives on and experiences with open scholarship with an emphasis on sharing data, mentoring students, and open science. The panel will be followed by a roundtable discussion during which attendees can explore their experiences, including opportunities, challenges, and surprises, pleasant or otherwise, engaging with researchers around open scholarship.  

July 14th, 2020 - "So you want to share data in your (institutional*) repository…"
Online event in Zoom.

Join us online for an event sponsored by the ACRL/NEC Research Data Services SIG. This event will feature a morning of data repository do’s, don’ts, and everything in-between on July 14th, 2020, that will include speakers and a roundtable discussion. We will start with a panel of speakers with diverse experiences establishing, administering, and troubleshooting data repositories who will discuss topics ranging from generating administrative and researcher buy-in to cross-departmental collaboration and technical support. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion in which attendees will explore  their experiences with the unique benefits, challenges, and surprises, pleasant or otherwise, of managing data in repositories.

July 26, 2019 - The Library's Use of Data and Issues of Data Ethics
University of Vermont, Billings Library 

Join us for an event sponsored by the ACRL/NEC Research Data Services SIG to take place at the University of Vermont in Billings Library.  In the morning the event will feature a presentation focused on the library's use of data with digital learning objects case studies, followed by an afternoon session of broader themes around data ethics and consent.

December 7, 2018 - University of Connecticut - "Data Visualization, Data Literacy, and Keeping Current"

The morning session consists of two presentations, focusing on the newly installed hoylu, as well as a perspective on visualization needs from the view of a lab. In honor of our tenth roundtable, we spend the afternoon focusing on hearing back from you: both through a series of lightning talks that focus on what you do, and how you do it, and a roundtable focusing on reflection.

September 17, 2018 - Brandeis University - "Research Data Management, Research Information Management Systems, and Libraries"

Our morning event consists of two presentations on Research Information Management Systems from two different perspectives. The afternoon roundtables build on the morning's topic, focusing on forecasting and what the future may hold for Libraries and RIMS.

April 18, 2018 - Brown University - "Engaging with Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities, and Data Science Researchers"

The morning event is dedicated to presentations that focus on digital publishing, humanities, textual analysis, and data science. The afternoon roundtables focus on building relationships on campus and engaging with researchers involved in digital scholarship, digital humanities, and data science.

December 8, 2017 - Boston University - Unix Workshop

Our morning session consists of a hands-on Unix Workshop, and our afternoon session is a roundtable conversation about professional and community development in RDM.

July 27, 2017 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute- "Perspectives on Sharing Research Data"

Our morning session focuses on RDM from a researcher's point of view, while our afternoon session looks at it from a research computing standpoint. Roundtable discussions in the morning and afternoon expand on each presentation.

March 2, 2017 - University of Massachusetts Amherst - "Breaking Down RDM Instruction"

Our morning session consists of a panel of our colleagues observing their own best practices for developing good learning objectives, and our afternoon session involves a presentation and hands-on activities for creating learning objectives. Roundtable discussions in the morning and afternoon expand on each session.