Available Until 12/31/2024

Helping Science Succeed: The Librarian’s Role in Addressing the Reproducibility Crisis (Recording)

Headlines and scholarly publications portray a crisis in biomedical and health sciences. In this webinar, you will learn what the crisis is and the vital role of librarians in addressing it. You will see how you can directly and immediately support reproducible and rigorous research using your expertise and your library services. You will explore reproducibility guidelines and recommendations and develop an action plan for engaging researchers and stakeholders at your institution. #MLAReproducibility

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe the basic history of the “reproducibility crisis” and define reproducibility and replicability
  • explain why librarians have a key role in addressing concerns about reproducibility, specifically in terms of the packaging of science
  • explain 3-4 areas where librarians can immediately and directly support reproducible research through existing expertise and services
  • start developing an action plan to engage researchers and stakeholders at their institution about how they will help address research reproducibility and rigor


Librarians who work with researchers; librarians who teach, conduct, or assist with evidence-synthesis or critical appraisal, and managers and directors who are interested in allocating resources toward supporting research rigor. No prior knowledge or skills required. Basic knowledge of scholarly research and publishing helpful.



Franklin Sayre, MLISFranklin Sayre, is the liaison librarian for the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota. He teaches evidence-based practice and supports reproducible research and computational methods at his institution.

Amy Riegelman, MLIS

Amy Riegelman, is a social sciences librarian at the University of Minnesota where she serves as the liaison for psychology, educational psychology, child development, and speech-language-hearing sciences. She co-leads a library systematic review service and has published and presented on reproducibility, preprints, and identifying retracted articles.

Riegelman and Sayre have published together on the reproducibility crisis and maintain the Reproducibility Bibliography site at their university.


Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.


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