CV coming soon!
Refer to my LinkedIn profile for a more complete resume including previous experience and education. Listed below are a recent sampling of ongoing projects I think are interesting -- projects at Yale, projects in collaboration with others, and selected presentations.
projects at yale
data reference & consultation
As a science & social science data librarian, I perform traditional reference and consultation services for Yale affiliates who need assistance finding or accessing appropriate published data sets for their research.
data collection management
I also perform traditional numeric data collection development. I work in coordination with several of Yale's selectors, most notably others in the CSSSI and area curators who focus on specific regions of the world. This also entails managing Yale's Social Science Data Archive, which was founded before 1977 and has been migrated from print and tape to digital. One major project was getting all our acquired data sets properly cataloged, and the next major project will be making sure that all these data sets are properly reflected in the new finding aid. I recently presented on a panel at IASSIST 2013 on data collection development in academic libraries.
data management & preservation
I work on a team that's been doing an ongoing assessment of the local research data landscape and looking for ways to implement proactive research data management solutions for Yale's researchers. This included participating in the 2012 eScience Institute, writing a strategic agenda for research support at Yale, and now going forward with several projects dealing with library and IT collaboration, data management education, data management planning, electronic lab notebooks, and local data archives.
data & escience group (DaEG)
I initiated DaEG, an an informal discussion group interested in data curation, management, sharing, publication, citation, and the services and infrastructures surrounding those activities at Yale and universities and data centers in the US and internationally. Topics discussed are: the latest in data literature, what's going on at Yale, how we can learn more, implement best practices, and spread awareness about data at Yale. DaEG has already coordinated several campus-wide events and hopes to plan more in the future and become a more action-oriented group.
data management education
As part of efforts to make data management easier in the long run (for all of us!), my colleagues and I have been setting up data management education workshops for graduate students across campus. We're focusing our efforts on integrating the material into research methods classes and tailoring them for specific disciplines. We set up a rather broad research guide on data management.
data & statistics education for librarians
As part of a nefarious plot to turn all subject librarians into data librarians (one of us! one of us!), I've been spending a lot of time presenting to colleagues at Yale and internationally about what being a data librarian means and how they can get up to speed with data & statistics reference, including data reference interviewing, social science data vocabulary, and the most useful resources for data and statistics. Presentations from WILU 2013 and the Social Science Librarians Boot Camp 2013 will highlight these efforts with generalized materials, but Yale-specific data education materials are currently available.
python wet lab
Python Wet Lab is an experiment in library/IT collaboration and small-group self-directed learning. We meet for coffee early in the morning and co-work on programming at our own speeds. The Python programming language is widely used in the sciences, social sciences, and digital humanities, including in ArcGIS, data refinement, and data visualization. The goal of PWL is to learn and improve Python skills in a problem-based small group environment, and potentially apply what we've learned to a real-life library-related project.
regional & international projects
Fun coming soon!