Learning by Teaching about RDM: An Active Learning Model for Internal Library Education

  • Eleanor Mattern University of Pittsburgh
  • Aaron Brenner University of Pittsburgh
  • Liz Lyon University of Pittsburgh


This paper reports on the design, delivery and assessment of a model for internal library education around research data management (RDM). Conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS), the exercise and resultant instructional session employed an active learning approach, in which a group of librarians and archivists explored data issues and conventions in a discipline of their own selection and presented their findings to an audience of library colleagues. In this paper, we put forth an adaptable active learning model for internal RDM education and offer guidance for its implementation by peer libraries that are similarly building internal capacity for the design and delivery of RDM services that are responsive to disciplinary needs.


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