RDM for librarians

Below is the content for a three-hour introductory RDM session for librarians. This was developed in collaboration with the University of Northampton as part of the DCC institutional engagement programme. 

The course covers:

  • Research data and RDM
  • Data management planning
  • Data sharing
  • Skills
  • RDM at Northampton
The slides and accompanying handbook are CC-BY licensed and we encourage others to amend and reuse them. They can be downloaded below.
RDM for librarians - presentation [PPTX]
RDM for librarians - handbook [DOCX] [PDF]
Hard copies of the UKDA's Managing and Sharing data guide were handed out to participants in advance as pre-reading.

Other courses

There are lots of RDM training materials for librarians, many of which the DCC used to put togther the short session noted above. We encourage you to consult and reuse these courses too.

DIY Research Data MANTRA Training Kit for Librarians

This was produced by EDINA and the Data Library at the University of Edinburgh. The DIY toolkit is a self-directed course, intended to be used by a group of librarians to build confidence in supporting researchers with RDM. MANTRA modules are used as pre-reading and reflective questions and exercises are used to guide discussion at each face-to-face session. There are five sessions in total. Expert guest speakers could be invited to introduce each topic or this could be led by one of the participants or via the DIY podcasts.


RDMRose was a Jisc-funded project at the University of Sheffield to produce taught and continuing professional development (CPD) learning materials in RDM tailored for information professionals. The module is split into 8 sessions, each equivalent to a half day of study. There is a strong emphasis on practical hands-on activities often engaging with real documents such as institutional RDM policies or data management plans. A short 2 hour course called RDMRose Lite is also available.


This course is being produced by another Jisc-funded project, Training for Data Management (TraD) at the University of East London. SupportDM comprises five sessions. Each topic is introduced in a face-to-face session and explored via exercises and discussion. Learning is reinforced via an online tutorial and practical exercises to be conducted in the participant's own time before the next session.

Essentials 4 Data Support

Essentials 4 Data Support is an introductory course provided by Research Data Netherlands for those people who (want to) support researchers in storing, managing, archiving and sharing their research data. It is structured as a blended online and face-to-face course. There are three different ways to take the course:

  1. Online only (without obligation)
  2. Online only with user profile
  3. Complete course (online + face 2 face with certificate)