Posted by: bluesyemre | May 23, 2020

Exploring #DataLiteracy needs at your institution (#webinar)

Description: This webinar will discuss how data literacy initiatives can be integrated into different institutions. Much of the existing work on data literacy has focused on graduate-level training for new researchers, with an emphasis on research data management. Fewer investigations have explored the data literacy needs of undergraduate students; however, as undergraduate curricula at many universities have shifted to include “information and data literacy,” librarians and teaching faculty across disciplines are integrating data literacy along with information literacy into courses and programs. The presenters co-led a faculty learning community at USFSP to start a campus conversation about data literacy. This initiative resulted in the development of a teaching toolkit, library-led data literacy instruction, and ongoing collaborations between librarians and faculty. Their findings are documented in an article titled, “Exploring data literacy via a librarian-faculty learning community: A case study,” published open access in Journal of Academic Librarianship. In this talk, they will discuss some of the successes and challenges they experienced with regard to building relationships with faculty, integrating data literacy into different levels of library instruction, and the continuing evolution of their campus data literacy competencies. While the presenters’ research focuses on undergraduate students, it can be applied to all levels with regard to working with campus partners, creating a data literacy needs assessment, and creating a data literacy toolkit.


Theresa Burress is the Science Librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, providing research & instruction for students and faculty in Biology, Environmental Science, and Geospatial programs. Before becoming an academic librarian, Theresa spent 20 years as a special librarian, with more than a decade as Science Librarian for the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, where she supported scientific research, scholarly publication, and data-related initiatives. Theresa’s research interests include digital scholarship and the intersecting fields of information and data literacy. One can find out more about her work here:

Emily Mann is the Student Success Librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She provides research & instruction for students and faculty in interdisciplinary Social Science and Anthropology as well as first year student classes. Prior to working at USFSP, Emily was the Research and Information services librarian at Florida State University where she acted for liaison for several subjects including Nutrition, Food & Exercise Science. She has presented nationally on emotional intelligence and working with students with autism spectrum disorder, and will be presenting at LOEX 2020 on data literacy for undergraduate students. More information on her work can be found here:


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