New Experiences with Teaching- Computational Methods in Health Informatics

I am currently sitting in an apartment in Los Angeles, California (first time to the west coast!) feeling exhausted after my first day participating as a research scholar at the Institute of Research Design in Librarianship at Loyola Marymount University. I described the institute in another post when I was first accepted, and I am positive I will have much more to write on this whole experience as I go…

Jargon and the e-Science Community Blog

Yesterday, I wrote a post for the e-Science Community Blog, which is: “intended to serve as both a bulletin board for news, upcoming events, and continuing education/job opportunities as well as a forum that librarians can use to post questions or to initiate and engage in discussions. All librarians interested in the emerging area of e-science librarianship are welcome to participate!” And as the new content editor for Data Management for the accompanying…

REDCap and Library Data Management

In my experience (over the past year) I have come to realize that as much as librarians talk about research data management, they’re actually pretty bad at managing their own research workflows– as are most people. I mean I myself have a growing backlog of blog ideas with messy notes scattered about, but I have a lot of trouble making time to sit and write here. So I do think it’s…

Mad Amounts of Professional Development

So “professional development” is really important in library land, but what is it? All over the place I read how important it is to continue learning new skills and developing an attuned understanding of “emerging technologies” in order to address the needs of patrons as they evolve. Networking and skills training are emphasized, and I’m pretty sure everyone has accepted just how cool MOOCs can be, but really, how one…

Getting Connected: Librarian Meets Clinical Data Management

I’m pretty sure that no matter where you go, the bigger the organization, the more communication problems you’re going to encounter. I think that’s the case with my current institution; you need to be plugged in culturally (and technologically) in order to get anywhere and find out what’s going on. This is what I’ve slowly been trying to do more and more of for the last few months as I’ve…

Data Librarianship: Updates and Exploring

I’m a few more months into being a new librarian, and the thing that’s hardest so far isn’t trying to do what others ask of me– it’s getting myself to prioritize without smothering my itch to branch out and try new things. First though, here’s a few updates on what I’ve been doing. Lately at work I’ve been focusing on developing a collection of resources and tools to act as…

Being a New Data Librarian and Author Disambiguation

It’s hard to describe what the last few months have been like. It’s all gone by so fast but it’s been so exciting. Since my last post, I finished my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and my Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science at Syracuse U. I then proceeded to pack up my life and my cats and moved to Brooklyn. And about two months ago I…

Data Librarianship!

So I’m back after a bit of a hiatus. Thanks to life intervening and then finals, various applications, end-of-the-semester madness, holidays, and much more, I haven’t had much time for blogging. But here I am and with exciting news– this spring I will be moving to New York City and starting my career at Weill Cornell Medical College‘s Samuel J. Wood Library as a Data & Metadata Services Librarian. I’m so…

NYC Data Week

Last week I was sent by the Syracuse University iSchool to be a student representative at NYC Data Week. I got into Manhattan on Wednesday and stayed through Friday, which gave me the opportunity to do a sufficient amount of exploring and get back to Syracuse before Sandy hit the coast (Donate to the Red Cross to help with the disaster relief efforts here). While I was there I got…

Data Mining the Federalist Papers

I guess high school level US History doesn’t cover all the tricky details surrounding the Federalist Papers, because I personally don’t remember learning that with a few of these essays promoting the ratification of the US Constitution, there’s dispute over which founding father wrote them. You see, it’s widely agreed that all of the papers were written by a combination of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, however, who wrote what becomes somewhat…