MDLS 2015

University of Wisconsin Madison. October 15-16, 2015. (The first MDLS)


MDLS 2015 was co-hosted by University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin Madison.


The Midwest Data Librarians Symposium will follow an unconference format, meaning we want to hear from all of the participants! Tell us what’s working well and where you are stuck. The idea is to share experiences and help each other out.

The general schedule will include the following:

  • Group discussions on the following 4 topics
    • Teaching data management
    • Consulting on data
    • Curating data
    • Forming partnerships on campus
  • Hands-on workshop on teaching data management
  • Lots of time for networking!


8:00-8:45am – Breakfast/mingling

8:45-9:00am – Introduction to MDLS [Brianna Marshall, UW-Madison, and Kristin Briney, UW-Milwaukee]

9:00am-12:00pm – Workshop on Data Management Teaching Materials [workshop leader: Lisa Johnston, University of Minnesota]

12:00-1:15pm – Lunch

1:15-1:30pm – Brief explanation of unconference format / topics

1:30-2:30pm – Attendee introductions + share top challenge you are facing at your university + one current project/initiative

2:30-2:45pm – Coffee break

2:45-3:45pm – Topic 1: Consulting on data [facilitator: Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Washington University in St. Louis]

3:45-4:15pm – Topic 1 report back/discussion

4:15-4:30pm – Day 1 recap


8:00-8:45am – Breakfast/mingling

8:45-9:00am – Recap explanation of unconference format / topics

9:00-10:00am – Topic 2: Curating research data [facilitator: Margaret Henderson, VCU]

10:00-10:30am – Topic 2 report back/discussion

10:30-10:45am – Coffee break

10:45-11:45am – Topic 3: Forming partnerships on campus [facilitator: Brianna Marshall, UW-Madison]

11:45am-12:15pm – Topic 3 report back/discussion

12:15-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-2:30pm – Topic 4: Teaching data management [facilitator: Heather Coates, IUPUI]

2:30-3:00pm – Topic 4 report back/discussion

3:00-3:15pm – Coffee break

3:15-4:30pm – Overall symposium wrap-up [facilitator: Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, University of Kansas]


Dan Able
MLS Student
Emporia State University

Trisha Adamus
Research Data Librarian
Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Aaron Albertson
Instruction & Research Librarian

Michelle B. Bass
Science Research Services Librarian
The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago

Katie Blank
Electronic Records Manager
Special Collections and University Archives, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University

Kristin Briney
Data Services Librarian
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jamene Brooks-Kieffer
Data Services Librarian
University of Kansas

Cunera Buys
e-Science Librarian
Northwestern University Libraries

Erin Carrillo
Information Services Librarian

Heather Coates
Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian
Liaison to the Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship

Cameron Cook
Digital Curation Assistant

William Doering
Data Librarian
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Elise Dunham
Data Curation Specialist
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rose Fortier
Coordinator of Digital Programs
Marquette University

Jesse Garrison
Science & Technology Librarian
Iowa State University

Abigail Goben
Information Services and Liaison Librarian
University of Illinois at Chicago

Tina Griffin
Visiting Asst Professor, Visiting Information services librarian/liaison
University of Illinois at Chicago

Margaret Henderson, MLIS, AHIP
Associate Professor; Director, Research Data Management
VCU Libraries

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale
Data Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis

Heidi Imker
Research Data Service, Director
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rebecca Jackson
Head, Social Sciences & Humanities Dept. and Circulation and Media Services
Iowa State University Library

Lisa Johnston
Research Data Management/Curation Lead
University of Minnesota Libraries

Ron Joslin
Research & Instruction Librarian/Sciences
Macalester College

Svetlana Korolev
Science librarian
University-Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Amy Koshoffer
Science Informationist

Dr. Mark Laufersweiler
Research Data Specialist
University Libraries, University of Oklahoma

Carrie Leatherman
Science Librarian

Shaochen Liu
Diversity Intern-UWM Golda Meir Library
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Brianna Marshall
Digital Curation Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scott Martin
Biological Sciences Librarian
University of Michigan

Evan Meszaros
Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences
Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Laniece Miller
Scholarly Communication and Curation Librarian
Argonne National Laboratory

Mary Murphy
Library and Information Studies Student

Amy Neeser
Research Data Curation Librarian
University of Michigan Libraries

Megan O’Donnell
Schoalrly Communications and Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University

Kristin Partlo
Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Science and Data
Gould Library, Carleton College

Treshani Perera
Graduate Student

Line Pouchard
Computational Science Information SpecialistPurdue University Libraries Research Data group

Amanda Rinehart
Data Management Services Librarian

Dorothea Salo
Faculty Associate
School of Library and Information Studies, UW-Madison

Megan Sapp Nelson
Associate Professor of Library Sciences
Purdue University Libraries

Matt Schultz
Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian
Grand Valley State University

Pamela L Shaw
Biosciences & Bioinformatics Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Helenmary Sheridan
Digital Production Assistant
Northwestern University Library

Kaitlin Svabek
Graduate Student, Department Library Assistant, Teaching Assistant
UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies

Michelle Sweetser
University Archivist
Marquette University

Erin Thomas
Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian
Iowa State University

Christie Wiley
Engineering Research Data Services Librarian


Many thanks to the organizing committee who helped plan the symposium and the schedule.

  • Kristin Briney, UW-Milwaukee
  • Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, Kansas
  • Heather Coates, IUPUI
  • Elise Dunham, Illinois
  • Margaret Henderson, VCU
  • Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Brianna Marshall, UW-Madison
  • Amanda Rinehart, OSU
  • Dorothea Salo, UW-Madison