Digital and Data Literacy, Part Two -- Scholarly Digital and Data Literacy: Satisfying the Need


About the Webinar

Digital literacy. Data literacy. Those are just buzz phrases. Or are they? The first half of this two-part webinar addresses the needs of students, faculty and librarians in the context of information literacy. What degree of expertise should students and faculty have in order to effectively wrangle data and/or work with digital assets? What are the basic requirements in the modern workplace or laboratory? It’s no longer a question of mastering word processing or spreadsheets. Whether it is data science or digital humanities, what enables us, what qualifies us to work with digital assets? And how do we know? It's the role of the library to provide the means for mastering new skills. How might libraries succeed?

The second portion of this two part event is scheduled for September 20, 2017. Having identified gaps in understanding, this follow-up segment will feature case studies from those institutions that have assumed leadership roles in training students and faculty in emerging tools and methodologies for working with digital materials and generating new digital assets.

Part 1 of this webinar, Digital and Data Literacy: Identifying Demands on Students, Faculty, and Librarians, will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.


Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

Facilitating the Development of Research Data Management Services at Health Sciences Libraries
Kevin Read, Knowledge Management Librarian, Emergency Medicine and the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University Health Sciences Library and Alisa Surkis, Head, Data Services/Translational Science Librarian, New York University Health Sciences Library

Digital Literacy across the Curriculum
Kyle Dickson
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics, Abilene Christian University

Event Sessions

Creating Data Literate Students


The Supporting Librarians in Adding Data Literacy Skills to Information Literacy Instruction project is a two-year, IMLS-funded project (October 2015-September 2017) to develop data and statistical literacy skills in high school librarians so they can better support critical comprehension skills in their students.  Over the course of the project, co-PIs Kristin Fontichiaro and Jo Angela Oehrli partnered data experts with curriculum experts to identify mini-lessons, strategies, and “rules of thumb” that librarians can nimbly weave into their instruction.  Many of the strategies could be adapted to higher education settings.  This webinar will describe the project and highlight some of the materials and strategies that are being created through the project’s work.

Facilitating the Development of Research Data Management Services at Health Sciences Libraries


Kevin Read

Knowledge Management Librarian, Emergency Medicine and the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine
New York University Health Sciences Library

Alisa Surkis

Head, Data Services/Translational Science Librarian
New York University Health Sciences Library

Health sciences libraries have taken on an increasingly significant role in providing data services in recent years, but the repositioning of the National Library of Medicine as the hub for data at NIH has made this mission critical. The NYU Health Sciences Library has been a leader in developing data services and in providing research data management instruction to both the library and research communities. Dr. Surkis and Mr. Read recently completed an NIH Big Data to Knowledge funded project to develop curricula to train librarians in research data management and provide a teaching toolkit for librarians to teach their own research community. They are now engaged in a pilot funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to provide training, tools and strategies for health sciences libraries seeking to develop research data management services. This program provides a holistic approach to developing data services that focuses on building the required knowledge base, understanding and connecting with researchers, promoting effective outreach strategies, and integrating with the broader institutional data community.

Digital Literacy across the Curriculum


Kyle Dickson

Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Abilene Christian University

Since it opened in 2011, the AT&T Learning Studio in the ACU library has worked with students and faculty to broaden access to new media tools and literacies. The facility supports media storytelling as a third literacy that builds upon work in the writing and speaking centers already on campus. Supporting new literacies positions us not as a help desk but an academic support unit that works with users new to media storytelling to leverage technology to sharpen their messages for a global audience. We'll share how we began with digital storytelling workshops to help faculty envision the potential of media projects that now support individual courses and campus-wide programs.

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Cancellations made by Wednesday, September 13, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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