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RDMLA: free training course for librarians now offers the opportunity to earn CE credits

Library Connect | Feb 04, 2020


In October 2019, the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA) was launched. RDMLA contains 8 units focused on RDM, and is free to all learners. Today, there are over 2,100 active students from 115 countries around the world.  In response to requests, RDMLA introduces an optional offering of continuing education credits through their partnership with the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Simmons University, for a nominal fee. This opportunity will be available beginning Wednesday, February 5, 2020.


The CE credits assessment test is available for interested learners who have completed the entirety of the RDMLA course (8 units) and have paid the $100 USD CE administration fee. Learners will have two attempts to achieve a passing grade to earn three (3) continuing education credits in the subject of research data management.


Successful test-takers will receive a certificate from Simmons SLIS recognizing their CE credits. For more information about the RDMLA and our partnership with Simmons SLIS, please visit our website –



Does the title Data Management Librarian intrigue you? Do you want to deepen your engagement with the research lifecycle of your institution? Do you want to refresh or learn data management skills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA) is for you!


The RDMLA is a free online program created by a team of expert librarians in the Northeastern United States. It is intended primarily for librarians, but several units are also applicable for researchers. The program consists of eight units, which can be taken in total or separately. Each unit takes an average of an hour to complete and consists of videos, slides, demonstrations, reading resources and self-assessments. The information is practical and meant to be applied, with demonstrations of some of the key software and RDM platforms. The eight units include:


  • Foundations of Research Data Management (RDM)
  • Navigating research data culture
  • Advocating and marketing the value of RDM in libraries
  • Launching data services in libraries
  • Project management and assessment (as relates to RDM services)
  • Overview of data analysis and visualization tools
  • Overview of coding tools
  • Overview of platform tools (Open Science Framework, Mendeley Data, and others)


The faculty of university research librarians developing the RDMLA program is co-led by Elaine Martin, MLS, DA, Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Countway Medical Library, Harvard Medical School; Rong Tang, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University; and Jean P. Shipman, MSLS, VP, Global Library Relations, Elsevier. The team includes librarians, library educators and an information analytics company—a unique partnership and collaboration—with Elsevier financing the program.



Jean Shipman, Dr. Elaine Martin and Dr. Zhan Hu presenting their RDMLA poster at MLA 2019


The RDMLA content is based on an extensive needs assessment and inventory of existing training. It is now available to English-speaking individuals at no cost. The Simmons University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) will start to offer continuing education credit for completing the entire program starting Spring 2020. There will be a small administrative fee charged for these credits.


“This Academy is a terrific way for individuals to acquire knowledge about data-related services librarians can offer to their researchers. Experiences of those who have implement data services are shared as well as key lessons learned. One can take the units at their own pace and earn a certificate to indicate to future employers their skill development in RDM,” Jean Shipman commented.


Don’t delay, visit the RDMLA website and take a few moments to explore what the big fuss is about!


Editor's Note:

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