About the Workshops

Three Northwest Five Consortium (NW5C) workshops on research data management (RDM) will take place over the summer of 2016. Each workshop will contain the same content, but will be held on a different NW5C campus.

  • May 25, 2016 : Lewis & Clark College
  • June 20, 2016: Whitman College
  • July 25, 2016: University of Puget Sound

Research teams from each of the five institutions (Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, and Willamette University) will register to attend in April, 2016. Teams will typically consist of a faculty researcher, one or two student research assistants, and possibly a librarian or IT professional.  Solo faculty or student researchers are also welcome to attend.

The workshops will increase the quality of research across NW5C institutions by training both researchers, students, and staff in data management best practices, as well as creating a data curation network for future collaboration. It will also enhance learning opportunities for students by demonstrating that RDM skills can be taught at the undergraduate level, benefiting these students as they move on to the next phase of their career or education. Finally, it will increase the quality of data services programs at NW5C institutions by increasing the skill level of subject specialist librarians as well as creating or strengthening relationships between staff and researchers in their home institutions and across the NW5C.

For more information, read about the project background and goals or contact any of the facilitators listed below.

About the Organizers

Co-Principal Investigators

Mark Dahl, Director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library, Lewis & Clark College
Dena Hutto, College Librarian, Reed College


Parvaneh Abbaspour (parvaneh@lclark.edu)
Science and Data Services Librarian, Lewis & Clark College
Parvaneh Abbaspour is the Science & Data Services Librarian at Lewis & Clark College. Being somewhat meticulous in nature, she enjoys entomology and descriptive bibliography when not preoccupied devising file-naming conventions.

Amy Blau (blauar@whitman.edu)
Instructional and Data Services Librarian, Whitman College
Amy is developing Data Information Literacy and Research Data Management and Curation services at Whitman College. She also serves as ICPSR Designated Representative on campus and facilitates faculty and student use of ICPSR data.

Eli Gandour-Rood (egandourrood@pugetsound.edu)
Science Liaison Librarian, University of Puget Sound
Eli Gandour-Rood is the Science Liaison Librarian at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where he also serves as the staff advisor to the Dungeons & Dragons Club. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he has lived in Tacoma since 2013.


David Isaak (isaakd@reed.edu)
Data Services Librarian, Reed College
David assist students, faculty, and staff with data discovery, data management plans, data archiving, data citation, and data preservation. He coordinates Reed College’s Data Services Team, which includes staff from the Library, Academic Support Services, and Instructional Technology Services. David has extensive experience with digital collections, metadata standards, author identifiers, and public access compliance.


Gary Klein (gklein@willamette.edu)
Management and Economics Librarian, Willamette University
Gary’s primary duties center around Willamette’s MBA programs in Salem & Portland, while his secondary responsibilities are within the undergraduate division in economics, public policy, psychology, communications/media and statistics. He is the go to person in the library for reference questions involving statistics. He has been with Willamette University’ s Mark O. Hatfield Library since 1995.