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The Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA) is a free online professional development program for librarians, information professionals, and other professionals who work in a research-intensive environment throughout the world.

RDMLA features a unique partnership between a LIS academic program, academic health sciences and research libraries, and Elsevier.

Partner institutions include: Harvard Medical School, Harvard Library, Simmons University, Boston University, Brown University, MCPHS, Northeastern University, Tufts University, DataONE, National Taiwan University Library, National Institutes of Health, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

RDMLA is financially sponsored by Elsevier.

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The RDMLA curriculum focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed to collaborate effectively with researchers on data management. The curriculum features eleven, online, and self-paced learning units and two mini-modules.

The RDMLA units are hosted online on Canvas under CC-BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) licensing.

In response to student inquiries and requests, RDMLA partnered with the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Simmons University, to provide an optional offering of three (3) continuing education credits.

In early 2020, in order to reach a broader learner community, the RDMLA team established a translation partnership with National Taiwan University (NTU) Library. The international collaboration shares the purpose of providing equitable access to education materials, not only to NTU’s patrons, but to the larger Chinese-speaking population. At present, Units 1 through 8 are translated and available on the Chinese translation here. Units 9 through 11 will be available in Spring/Summer 2022.

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Register and access 研究資料管理圖書館員課程[RDMLA中文版] here.

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