A couple of years ago we started the data entry process; more than a year ago the writing process; and a couple of weeks ago I heard rumors of pre-prints.

Tuesday, I had my first peer-reviewed article published.

Goben A. Raszewski R. The data life cycle applied to our own data. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015 Jan;103(1):40-4. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.103.1.008.

And JMLA is a gold open access journal, so everyone can read it.

I have my own PubMed abstract page (that will get the PMC link eventually): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25552944  I’m excited to use it as an example for my students.  Yes, the *librarian* shows up in PubMed.

I hope you’ll read it.  The summary is: librarians need hands on experience with data to improve data management skills; librarians have LOTS and LOTS of data lying about, particularly in such things like reference desk metrics; we can use the latter to help us with the former and one learns a whole lot.

Rebecca Raszewski is a pleasure to have as a research partner. And apparently she doesn’t mind me too much, as we’re already working on another project.

One down, more to go…