Meet our sponsors: NNLM, New England Region: Karen

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

Today’s interviewee is Karen Coghlan, Education & Outreach Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region.

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Karen Coghlan, Education and Outreach Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Karen Coghlan and I am the brand new Education & Outreach Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region hosted at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  I serve as the Liaison to NNLM Web Services Technology Center, Research Data Management Team, and Access to Biomedical information programs.

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

This is my first RDAP summit and I am looking forward to the opportunity.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

I am looking forward to attending the summit and learning about key development of research data management issues.  The seminar titled “Defining the Role of the Library in Research Data Management within an Institution” looks very intriguing.  I hope to use what I learn to better assist patrons of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  Also as prior IP attorney I am very interested in the “Intersection of Publishing and Data”, to see how issues are evolving.

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

I am very excited about the e-science symposium being hosted at the University of Massachusetts on April 5th, 2018.  The purpose of this event is to initiate and maintain a regional dialogue on e-Science, identify ways libraries can better support networked research, and ways that libraries can deliver relevant and effective research data management services at their institutions. The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Past and Future”.  You can also see work from all previous symposia here: http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/escience_symposium/

Q: What else should the RDAP community should know about you and NNLM?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) advances the progress of medicine and public health by providing equal access to biomedical information. The NNLM New England Region produces the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB), an open access, peer-reviewed journal advancing librarianship related to data-driven research across multiple disciplines.