Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter 4-13-2021

Ask a Librarian Service, Research Data Management Workshop, Research Impact Challenge

  1. Ask a Librarian Service
  2. Research Data Management Workshop
  3. Research Impact Challenge

Featured Resource: Maine Town Reports

This collection consists exclusively of documents generated by town governments in the state of Maine dating from 1827 to the present. These include annual reports, comprehensive plans, charters, minutes of meetings, maps, and other materials that document the activities of local government. The documents provide information on a variety of subjects pertaining to local governance, such as education, infrastructure, and the local economy. Those dating from before the mid-twentieth century also provide information for the provision of welfare services to local residents. The documents dating from the early twentieth century onward provide information about town planning and environmental issues.

1. Ask a Librarian Service

As your students begin work on final papers and projects, they may benefit from a reminder about Fogler Library’s Ask a Librarian service. We offer research support through live chat, email, and one-on-one consultations. Live chat and email support is available during all of our service hours, and we offer in-person support at the Fogler Library Help Desk at various times throughout the week. Students may also contact their Subject Librarian directly to schedule a meeting.

Please share this resource with any of your students who may benefit from additional research help. Students are welcome to contact us at any stage of their research.

2. Research Data Management Workshop
Wednesday, April 14, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Research data has value long after you publish an article. Where can you store it to comply with funder requirements? How can you share it with future collaborators, or store data securely? Use a data management plan and UMS Advanced Computing Group (ACG) resources to organize the collection, analysis, and preservation of your research data.

At this workshop, learn about what ACG has to offer for all your research data compliance needs, including the Data Management Plan Tool (DMPTool), Maine Dataverse Network, and cloud data storage options—including Google Drive and OneDrive—for sharing your large data sets.

This workshop is presented in partnership with ACG.

About the Presenter
Ami Gaspar is the University of Maine System Advanced Computing Group Outreach Specialist. She is fluent in tech/geek speak, able to cross multiple operating systems in a single bound, and serves as a translator to the non-technical while informing the technically inclined of ACG services. Ami has spent the last 8 years assisting faculty and students meet funding agencies’ data management compliance.

If you would like to get a jumpstart before the workshop, check out our Research Data Management guide!

3. Research Impact Challenge
April 12 – April 16
Online via Email

There’s still time to join the Research Impact Challenge! The Research Impact Challenge is a professional development opportunity to help researchers better understand and manage their online scholarly presence, as well as consider ways to describe the impact and reach of their work.

Each day for five days during Maine IMPACT Week, participants will receive an email with a suggested task designed to build and curate one’s scholarly profile, measure the impact of one’s research, and/or promote one’s work to reach new audiences.

This is an asynchronous, self-paced program, with daily “challenges” designed for researchers to accomplish over the course of one week. However, each activity stands alone and can be completed separately from the others and at a time that is convenient for participants. Throughout the week, participants will also receive tips for staying on top of publishing trends that may benefit their scholarship.

All are welcome to participate – the activities may be especially resonant for graduate students and early career scholars.

4. Literature Review Resources for Undergraduates

If your students missed last week’s Literature Review Challenge for Undergrads, they can still participate! The Challenge is now available online and provides a series of brief tasks designed to help participants take their literature review process to the next level, including defining or refining a research question, strategically searching for literature, accessing paywalled sources, organizing and synthesizing ideas between sources, and using citation software to manage writing projects.