Meghan Lafferty

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    Where in Academia are ELNs? Support for Electronic Lab Notebooks at Top American Research Universities
    (2017-03) Sayre, Franklin D; Bakker, Caitlin J.; Johnston, Lisa R; Kocher, Megan; Lafferty, Meghan; Kelly, Julia A.
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    Science Boot Camp: Supporting Interdisciplinary Research
    (2014) Neeser, Amy; Kocher, Megan; Lafferty, Meghan; Marsalis, Scott
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    Expanding Conventional Collection Boundaries Through Visualization
    (2014) Neeser, Amy; Schell, Justin; Braun, Steven; Lafferty, Meghan
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    Training Researchers on Data Management: A Scalable, Cross-Disciplinary Approach
    (Journal of eScience Librarianship, 2012-08) Johnston, Lisa R; Lafferty, Meghan; Petsan, Beth
    This article describes the curriculum, implementation, and results of the research data management training offered by the University of Minnesota (UMN) Libraries. The UMN Libraries have offered the workshop titled, “Creating a Data Management Plan for Your Grant Application,” to more than 300 researchers and faculty since late 2010. With University partnerships, this training satisfies the requirement for the continuing education component to maintain PI eligibility. Based on workshop feedback, the authors conclude that academic libraries can provide support to researchers with federal mandates to share their research data by providing timely, discussion-based training and resources on how to create a data management plan. The unanticipated benefits for library staff education and professional development on this topic are explored.
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    First Year of "Creating a Data Management Plan": A New Workshop Offered by the University of Minnesota Libraries.
    (2012-04-25) Petsan, Beth; Lafferty, Meghan; Johnston, Lisa R
    This poster was presented at the USAIN (United States Agricultural Information Network) 2012 Conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (April 29-May 2, 2012). The topic is a University of Minnesota Libraries' workshop called "Creating a Data Management Plan for your Grant Application."
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    Report of the Current Awareness/Personal Information Management (CA/PIM) Subgroup of the Web Services Steering Committee
    (2011-04-04) Arth, Janet; Brooks, Kate; Haycock, Laurel; Kelly, Julia A.; Kempf, Jody; Lafferty, Meghan; McKinney, Paul; Nault, Andre
    In late 2008, the Web Services Steering Committee at the University of Minnesota Libraries created the Current Awareness/Personal Information Management (CA/PIM) exploratory subgroup, charged with discovering opportunities and possible solutions in which the University Libraries can help provide researchers with current and useful information in their research areas. In addition, investigate the group was asked to look at opportunities around personal information management, including existing tools (both internal and external), how other libraries are tackling this problem, and possible development and/or partnership opportunities. The group was asked to make recommendations in these two areas. Completed in April 2009, the report is based on a literature survey, results of a survey of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Minnesota, and a scan of the available tool. It spells out guiding principles and recommendations for future action.
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    Taming the Tempest: An Initiative to Help Users Cope with the Information Flood
    (2011-03-28) Brooks, Kate; Fransen, Jan; Bach, Virginia; Haycock, Laurel; Kelly, Julia A.; Kempf, Jody; Lafferty, Meghan; Nault, Andre
    The Current Awareness & Personal Information Management (CAPIM) Collaborative at the University of Minnesota Libraries was organized in response to results from a user survey. Faculty and students alike indicated frustration with keeping current and organizing their personal information, and they indicated that they wanted our help. Along with the user survey, librarians also conducted a scan of the available electronic tools in the area of CAPIM. One of the results was a recommendation that as we helped users, we should consider these characteristics for any software tools: efficiency, simplicity, stability, and effectiveness. Other academic libraries have done work in this area, including guides that spell out the characteristics of different citation managers, or assistance with setting up alerts or RSS feeds. Building on this preliminary work, a number of other recommendations were made for the work of the Collaborative, including 1) educate the library staff about these topics and tools, 2) build a Web toolkit to support both staff and users, 3) more fully supporting the range of citation managers that our users employ, 4) identify experts among the library staff and cultivating more, 5) reach out to library users with information about how they could enhance or simplify their CAPIM tasks, and 6) map out how all of our local tools work together, and improve the connections when possible Our poster will highlight our work to support citation managers as well as develop staff education and a Web presence. As we developed materials, these four themes emerged: * Current Awareness and Social Tools * Citation Management Tools * File and Data Management Best Practices * Organization and Process Tips. The category of organization and process tips includes a wide range of tools and skills that fall into personal or group tasks. The personal area includes annotation software, note-taking software, syncing multiple computers and mobile devises, storing passwords, and customizing/personalizing your electronic workspace. Group tasks and tools cover citation sharing, collaborative writing, project management software, communication tools, and tagging. We feel that this is a new area where librarians can make a contribution to students and researchers in all disciplines. Our survey revealed that users believe we have the right skills and knowledge, and a quick scan of nearly any academic library should yield a number of staff with expertise.
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    'Creating a Data Management Plan' and Other Training Opportunities in the Library
    (2010-12-21) Johnston, Lisa R; Lafferty, Meghan
    Researchers in large academic institutions have multiple barriers to identifying available campus tools and resources for managing their research data. The recently announced National Science Foundation (NSF) data management plan requirement for all new grant applications is a prime opportunity to address those difficulties. The University of Minnesota Libraries has been developing educational and outreach programs to support researchers throughout the data life-cycle.