Objectives: University of Washington’s TRAIL was developed to provide focused data and information services to researchers and faculty for research success. TRAIL is a partnership between the Health Sciences Library (HSL), the Department of Medicine and a CTSA funded department.
Methods: TRAIL provides a collaboration lab for researchers using data, technology, and tools to facilitate learning, discovery, and innovation. The TRAIL space was designed by librarians to include a data wall to allow up to 6 to share information and data. During the initial year, HSL cross-trained librarians to support REDCap and teach REDCap beginner classes. An assessment will be done on REDCap training classes, consultations, and number of times the space was reserved. In addition, questions and suggestions will be gathered to assess and improve upon the service in the second year.
Results: The TRAIL initiative is allocating library space, staffing, expertise and leadership to provide integrated support to researchers. Developing a shared understanding of institutional commitments, scaling up collaborations to five partners, and merging existing data support efforts across units is risky. This new partnership within the institution developed a shared service model to help researchers learn how to be innovative and use data walls, REDCap, emerging technology, and collaboration space. We have learned that communication is crucial for buy-in. In two months, 17 groups reserved the TRAIL, including for virtual reality and 3D modeling. Since September 2016, twelve REDCap classes have had 110 attendees. 6 librarians are now teaching REDCap classes and supporting REDCap questions.
Conclusion: It is easier to keep a researcher than recruit a new one, especially given competition for extramural funding. Medical libraries who partner with other organizations and departments to ensure integrated support across the campus, are planning futures that will provide ongoing researcher success, and show that medical libraries help faculty demonstrate research impact. By creating a team and forming an intra-institutional collaboration, the library provided space, the CTSA provided initial REDCap and Team Science expertise, and all are working together to get cross-trained to provide investigators a consistent way to access librarians, and research IT services and collaboration spaces.
Keywords: risk taking, shared services, library research spaces, translational research support, technology, collaborations, innovation, data walls
Assistant Director, Clinical Research and Data Services
Health Sciences Library
Emily Patridge, MLS, AHIP, is the Assistant Director of Clinical Research and Data Services and the TRAIL Program Director at the University of Washington's Health Sciences Library. She has expertise with managing library operations in areas such as new project initiatives and reallocating print resources to electronic resources.
Associate Dean and Director
University of Washington
Tania Bardyn, MLIS, AHIP is the Associate Dean of University Libraries, Director of the Health Sciences Library, and Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) at the University of Washington.
Tania Bardyn is Associate Dean of University Libraries and Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington. She is also the Director (PI), of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region assuring access to current, authoritative health information from the National Library of Medicine and educational resources to urban, rural, and tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest. She has expertise with creating new roles for librarians, budgeting, grants administration, negotiation skills, leadership development programs, biomedical decision support systems, and mobile app development. She led the team that developed the RRAIN Washington -- the mobile app for first responders in Washington State.
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