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UTSW Library hosts October 5 MLA webinar: "Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians"

09/09/2016 2:39 PM | Jane Scott (Administrator)

The University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center will host the MLA webinar – Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians – on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  HealthLINE members are invited to join us.

All attendees are eligible to earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours, and the participant’s manual will be distributed by email to registered attendees prior to the event.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know by email (jon.crossno@utsouthwestern.edu).


If you work with researchers or stay up-to-date on “big data” or data science, you have probably heard of R. But what exactly is it, and why should librarians learn it? This webinar will help demystify this popular programming language and provide some real-world examples of how it can help librarians in their daily work. Whether it’s for assisting patrons with their research data or working with your own library data, R can be a useful skill to add to your librarian toolboxes. This webinar will provide an introduction to R, including how it can be used for data processing, visualization, and analysis of a variety of different types of data. We will also discuss some key terminology and concepts to get you started and provide you with resources for learning more about R.

Attendees will learn:

  • what the R programming language is and some of its key features
  • some key terminology and a basic understanding of how R works
  • some uses for that R may be a good solution for your data needs, including data processing and management, visualization, and statistical analysis
  • how R can be useful for working with research data, as well as with library data, including bibliometric data, library statistics, or budget data
  • where to find free resources for learning R


Lisa Federer, AHIP, currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, sharing, and reuse of biomedical research data. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and the editor of the forthcoming Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians. An active member of MLA, she currently chairs the Medical Informatics Section and the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award Jury. She holds a master’s of library and information science from the University of California–Los Angeles and graduate certificates in data science (Georgetown University) and data visualization (New York University), and she is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland.


Directions and parking information: http://library.utsouthwestern.edu/about/directions.cfm

Location: Library Admin Conference Room (E3.314E)

While the Library is badge-access only, you are able to get to the conference room without a badge; you just need to walk a little more.  Instead of entering the Library’s front entrance, turn to the left (stay inside the building!) and follow the corridor (past the UTSW Nobel Laureate portraits!) until you get to the Building E elevator lobby (to the left of the University seals).  Take the elevators up one level (to the 3rd floor) and then follow the signs to the Library Admin Office Suite.


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