LEADING: LIS Education And Data Science Integrated Network Group

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The LIS Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING), is a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives project, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The LEADING project scales-up the highly successful LEADS-4-NDP initiative and will prepare a diverse, nation-wide cohort of 50 LIS doctoral students and early to mid-career librarians for data science endeavors.

To view a list of outputs from previous LEADS and LEADING fellows, visit this table: [LINK]. To hear previous LEADS-4-NDP fellows discuss their internship experience, watch the videos below:

2019 LEADS Fellow Jessica Cheng
2019 LEADS Fellow Julaine Clunis
2018 LEADS Fellow/ 2019-2023 LEADING Project Manager Sam Grabus
LEADING Fellows present at CNI Fall 2021
LEADING Fellows present at CNI Spring 2022

LEADING’s model includes community hubs at the University of New Mexico College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences and UC San Diego Library, a co-educational hub at OCLC, and 18 member nodes that also serves as project mentoring sites. Drexel University’s Metadata Research Center serves as the central-coordinating hub and will oversee the data science curriculum and bring together all project partners.

LEADING’s key goals include:

  1. Extending the Education Pipeline by leveraging Drexel University’s data science curriculum and faculty expertise.
  2. Collaborating and Community Development by bringing together educators, researchers, library leaders, frontline early and mid-career information professionals, and doctoral students, who will collaborate and advance data science in LIS education and practice.
  3. Facilitating Diversity and Inclusivity across the LEADING Fellowship program in partnership with LEADING’s Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force.
  4. Building a Sustainable and Extensible Partnership that enables a culture of mutual growth and continued sharing across the LEADING network.

Visit the application page to read the LEADING 2022 fellowship project descriptions: LINK

Current project partners include: 

AI-Collaboratory, University of Maryland iSchool; Kislak Center for Special
Collections, University of Pennsylvania Libraries; Loretta C. Duckworth
Scholars Studio, Temple University Libraries; Montana State University
Library; Movement Alliance Project—People’s Media Record; Research
Organization Registry; Smithsonian Libraries; and the University of Rochester