Research Data Services Interest Group

 Co-Chairs: Jennifer Chaput and James Burke

Secretary: Melanie Radik

Communications Chair: Renee Walsh

Please sign up for our next event:

Data Programming Skills: What Skills Do Data Services Librarians Need and How Do We Get Them?

August 20, 2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (programming begins at 10:00)

Join the ACRL-NE Research Data Services Interest Group at Tufts University in the Tisch Library for a morning panel presentation focusing on the data programming skills librarians need and how to attain them followed by lightning talks on experiences, best practices and trends. The afternoon will include lunch and then roundtable discussions during which attendees can explore their experiences and perspectives on their need for programming skills and how they might be gained.

The morning begins at 9:00am with coffee and snacks. The panel presentation will begin at 10:00am and the lightning talks will follow at 11:00am.  Lunch will be provided at 12:00pm followed by roundtables and whole group discussion beginning at 1:00pm.  The event will wrap up by 3:00pm.

Call for Lightning Talks!:

The Research Data Services Interest Group welcomes submissions for lightning talks (5 to 7 minutes) that fit the day’s theme “Data Programming Skills: What Skills Do Data Services Librarians Need and How Do We Get Them?”

  • How have you grown your skills in programming languages and coding support?
  • Did you give workshops in these skills to undergraduate/grad/researchers? How do these groups differ as workshop participants?

  • Do you offer programming-as-a-service?

  • Are you noticing any trends? In researchers' needs? In new data services librarian positions requirements?

We welcome proposals for talks related to any of these areas! We are a friendly and supportive group to present your talk to. Audience questions and roundtable discussions will offer opportunities for feedback and growth of your idea. The registration form will provide a place to propose a lightning talk if you are interested!


Click here for registration



Coffee and snacks


Panel presentation followed by questions and answers


Lightning talks followed by questions and answers


Lunch will be provided


Roundtables and whole group discussion


Event ends

Our Panel Speakers

Lora Leligdon, Dartmouth Libraries
Head of Research Data Services

Julie Goldman, Harvard Library
Research Data Services Librarian

Elizabeth McCall, Tufts University, Tisch Library
Research Data Librarian

Past Programs