Taking research skills to the next level: librarians teaching data literacy

I accidentally caught a presentation at LIBER 2014 by Don McMillan at the University of Calgary Libra2014-07-03 14.32.33ry that showcased a great example of deep collaboration between a library and academic departments (Developing data literacy competencies to enhance faculty collaborations).  At Calgary science support librarians collaborated with faculty members in genetics and biochemistry to develop instructional sessions in which library staff taught students how to extract data from bioinformatics databases and protein repositories and use it to answer  structured questions.

The students gained real-life experience of working with data while the librarians developed domain expertise.  One reason for the success of the programme was that the data skills sessions were fully integrated with the students’ courses and participation gained them credits.  The second was that it built on previous collaboration between the library and the faculties, integrating genetics and biochemistry content into an existing information literacy programme and taking them a step further.

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