Introduction to Data Management

This course is open for registration.

Introduction to Data Management
provides health information professionals with a solid foundation in the growing area of research data management. You’ll learn the basics of assisting researchers with creating data management plans, identifying data sources, sharing data effectively and efficiently, and preserving and archiving data. You’ll be able to take the lead in guiding researchers in making informed data decisions.

The course includes:

  • A realistic scenario that you engage with to learn and practice skills
  • Self-assessment of skills, pre and post
  • Five downloadable job aids
  • Recommended readings & resources

Learning Outcomes

When you complete the course you will be able to assist researchers in:

  • Writing a Data Management Plan (DMP)
  • Choosing a data sharing option
  • Identifying data sources for a research project


Medical librarians and other health information professionals who want to assist researchers with managing research data. Little or no experience required.

MLA CE Credits 1.5


Subject Matter Expert 

Caitlin Bakker is our data management expert. She is the Research Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries. Her focus is on developing and providing research support services for faculty in the Health Sciences, including support for data management, open science, reproducibility, systematic reviews, and research impact assessment. She holds an MLIS from McGill University and is a senior member of AHIP. Her research interests include research and publication ethics and science communication.

The team that created Introduction to Data Management:

Caitlin Bakker, Subject Matter Expert

Patti Bryant (, Instructional Designer

Alicia Lillich, MLA Information Management Curriculum Committee Representative

Staff support:

Barry Grant, MLA Director, Education

Deb Cavanaugh, MLA Director, Professional Development

Registration Fees:

  • Member: $85
  • Student Member: $43
  • Emeritus, Retired, Unemployed and Lower Dues: $43
  • Nonmember: $115