2021 Fellows

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The 2021 cohort included 24 fellows. Fellows engaged in data science education at Drexel University and completed a data science project working with LEADING project mentors across the U.S.

Rebecca Bayeck

Rebecca Bayeck, Postdoctoral fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
LEADING Site: Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio, Temple University Libraries

Dr. Rebecca Y. Bayeck holds a dual-PhD holder in Learning Design & Technology and Comparative & International Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Currently a CLIR postdoctoral fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, she engages in digital research, data curation, and inclusive design. 

Lencia Beltran

Lencia Beltran, MLIS, Archival Studies, Emporia State University
LEADING Site: AI-Collaboratory, University of Maryland iSchool

Lencia Beltran received her MSLIS with a specialization in archival studies from Emporia State University. She also holds two Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics/Speech, Language, and Hearing) from the University of Kansas. Lencia worked as a Digital Project Archivist to describe and digitize the papers of 19th-century Kansas governors for publication on www.KansasMemory.org. Lencia’s research interests include topics related to digital preservation and access, web information retrieval and analysis, data management, and AI Machine Learning.  I am thrilled to be selected as a fellow for the 2021 LEADING program. I am looking forward to learning about data science and how LIS professionals can harness these tools to shed light on formerly obscure topics.

Kahlila Chaar-Pérez; Ramón Emeterio Betances; Puerto Rico; Caribbean; decolonization; anticolonialism; Caribbean literature

Kahlila Chaar-Pérez, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information
LEADING Site: Movement Alliance Project

Kahlila Chaar-Pérez is a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Program of Information and Data Stewardship and also works as a Reference Associate at the JKM Library at Chatham University. She’s interested in Latinx, Afro-Latinx, and Caribbean cultures and politics as well as queer and transgender studies. Her writings have appeared in Small Axe, Global South, Uncle Tom’s Cabins: the Transnational History of America’s Host Mutable Book, and the U.S. Intellectual History blog. She also edits and translates scholarly texts and is committed to cultivating transformative justice, antiracism, and a world without capitalism.

Mark Chalmers, Science and Engineering Librarian, University of Cincinnati
LEADING Site: LYRASIS (Project 2)

Mark Chalmers is the Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Cincinnati. He has studied astrophysics and done research on variable stars and exoplanets. His LIS research background is focused on social media analysis. Through the LEADING fellowship, he hopes to forge new relationships and expand his data science skill set.

Pei-Ying Chen

Pei-Ying Chen, PhD student, Indiana University—Bloomington
LEADING Site: University of Rochester Libraries

Pei-Ying is a 6th-year PhD student in information science at Indiana University Bloomington and an IMLS-sponsored IDEASc doctoral fellow (2015–2019). Her research interests sit at the intersection of scholarly communication and stratification of science, with ongoing projects including gender inequality in academia, academic mobility of global scientists, the emergence of data/software as a research object in scholarly communication, and the rise of China in global science. Pei-Ying is excited about LEADING as it provides great opportunities for both capacity building and community development.

L.P. Coladangelo

L.P. Coladangelo, PhD Student, Kent State University
LEADING Site: Kislak Center for Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

L.P. Coladangelo is a doctoral student in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. After working in public libraries for over a decade, he transitioned to academic research, focusing on knowledge organization of cultural heritage, metadata, digital humanities, and semantic technologies. L.P. is thrilled to join the LEADING program in order to work with rich cultural datasets, to improve their reuse, and to explore their potential as linked data.

Cozette Comer, Evidence Synthesis Librarian, Virginia Tech University Library
LEADING Site: University of North Texas Libraries

Cozette is the Evidence Synthesis (ES) Librarian at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. In this role, she coordinates the ES Services team, and provides instruction and support for ES methodologies such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses. She holds a BS in Sociology, BS in Management, and MS in Sociology. 

Crystal Goldman

Crystal Goldman, General Instruction Coordinator Librarian, UC San Diego Library
LEADING Site: UC San Diego Library
(Project 2)

Crystal Goldman (she/her) serves as the General Instruction Coordinator Librarian for the UC San Diego Library. She received her MLS from Indiana University in 2004 and is currently attending the University of San Diego as a doctoral student in Leadership Studies, emphasizing in Higher Education Leadership. Crystal has presented and published on a variety of library topics, including succession planning, scholarly communications, collection development, reference and instruction. Her previous experience as the head of a library digital repository piqued her interest in data science, and she is excited to grow her knowledge in this area as part of the LEADING Fellowship Program. 

Tianji Jiang

Tianji Jiang, PhD Student, Department of Information Studies, UCLA
LEADING Site: University of North Texas Libraries

Tianji Jiang is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the department of Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, advised by Professor Sarah T. Roberts. Prior to joining UCLA, Tianji obtained a B.S. (2019) in Information Management and Information System and a BEc (2019) in Economics from Peking University. Tianji’s research interests include knowledge organization, data mining, data stewardship, and internet studies. Tianji’s current research focuses on ‘polarization in social media’ that explores how opinions become polarized on social medias from the perspective of information behaviors. 

Chenyue Jiao

Chenyue Jiao, PhD Student, University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign
LEADING Site: University of New Mexico Libraries with Montana State University Libraries

Chenyue is a second-year PhD student in School of Information Sciences at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are scientific data practices and policies. She is excited to be a 2021 fellow because of the connections and collaborations with distinguished scholars and potential contributions to a real library project.

Cary K. Jim

Cary K. Jim, PhD Candidate, University of North Texas
LEADING Site: University of New Mexico Libraries with Montana State University Libraries

Cary K. Jim is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas. Her research focuses on applying data science techniques and measurement principles to analyze complex data for decision-making. She is excited to participate in the RAMP project and support research on performance metrics for institutional repositories.

Hiva Kadivar

Hiva Kadivar, Assistant to the Middle East Studies Librarian, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
LEADING Site: UC San Diego Library
(Project 1)

Hiva Kadivar is an early career LIS professional currently working at UNC Chapel Hill Libraries in the Research and Instructional Services department. Hiva has worked in libraries for five years, initially focusing on reference services and collection development then pivoting toward research and practice in digital library technologies. She earned her MLS from North Carolina Central University and was a 2019-2021 ARL Kaleidoscope scholar. Her research interests include knowledge organization, metadata, text mining, machine learning and data analytics. She is excited to gain data science knowledge and skills relevant to the LIS field and apply them in an immersive research experience as part of the LEADING program.

HyungSeung Koh

HyungSeung Koh, Assessment Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Services, University of Northern Iowa Library
LEADING Site: Digital Scholarship, Tisch Library, Tufts University

HyunSeung Koh received her Ph.D. degree in Information Science, with a minor in Human-Computer Interaction, from the Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). Her experiences with assessment-related projects at the IUB libraries led her to start a career as an assessment librarian at the University of Northern Iowa. She believes that the LEADING program will expedite her journey to becoming a well-rounded assessment librarian.

Emily Ping O'Brien

Emily Ping O’Brien, Digital Repository and Metadata Librarian, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
LEADING Site: AI-Collaboratory, University of Maryland iSchool

Emily Ping O’Brien (Repository and Metadata Librarian, Worcester Polytechnic Institute). Emily’s interests include metadata for discovery, application interoperability, and inclusive information system design. She’s excited to work on LEADING project, “Revisiting the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camp Experience,” and learn new data science techniques. Emily hopes to contribute to future research on life in incarceration camps and knowledge of US government policy/history.

Lori Perine

Lori Perine, PhD Student, University of Maryland iSchool
(Project 1)

Lori A. Perine is a doctoral student at the UMD’s iSchool. Her research interests include use of data science to enable inclusive representations in digital library and archival collections. Lori has an extensive career in STEM policy and partnerships.  She was a featured speaker at the 2020 Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration.

Jennifer Proctor

Jennifer Proctor, PhD Student, University of Maryland iSchool
(Project 2)

Researching and developing infrastructure for digital libraries capable of linking the past with the future. Disabled. Currently a PhD Student at UMD’s iSchool, formerly Master of Anthropology at University of Edinburgh. A fountain of mostly-random knowledge. Usually accompanied by a rescue-to-lifesaver Service Dog named Boone.

Chris Rauch

Christopher B. Rauch, PhD Student, Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics
LEADING Site: California Digital Library

Christopher is a research fellow at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics. He holds Master of Science degrees in Library and Information Science and Information Systems from Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics and a JD from Rutgers Law School. A recent collaborator with the Metadata Research Center at Drexel, his research interests include epistemology and its role in creating artificial intelligence and technologies for the semantic web.

Allie Tatarian

Allie Tatarian, MetaSat Project Assistant, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
LEADING Site: Smithsonian Libraries

Allie currently works as a project assistant at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and is helping to create a linked-data metadata schema to describe satellite missions. Allie is excited to join the LEADING program because they want to learn more about how data science can be used to bridge the gap between academic research and the public at large.

Ateanna Uriri

Ateanna Uriri, Metadata Librarian, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley Libraries
LEADING Site: UC San Diego Library (Project 1)

Ateanna Uriri is the Metadata Librarian for The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. She also holds a Master of Science in Library Science and Graduate Academic Certificates in Storytelling and Digital Curation and Data Management from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include digital humanities, metadata, and data curation. Ateanna is excited to be a part of the LEADING program because she sees this opportunity as a boost to her burgeoning career as a librarian.

Devon Whetstone

Devon Whetstone, PhD Candidate, University of Missouri—Columbia
LEADING Site: LYRASIS (Project 1)

Devon is a doctoral candidate at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) at the University of Missouri. She holds a M.A. in Quantitative Applied Research from James Madison University and a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University. Devon’s research interests include scientometrics, sociology of science, scholarly communications, information literacy, and quantitative research methods. I am excited to be a LEADING Fellow because I enjoy seeing where and how information science and data science converge. I am looking forward to participating in a project applies research to innovative practical applications, and learning more about my field by working with the people in an environment outside the university setting.

Amanda Whitmire

Amanda Whitmire, Head Librarian & Bibliographer, Harold A. Miller, Library, Stanford Libraries
LEADING Site: Academy of Natural Sciences

Amanda has been the Head Librarian of Miller Library at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University since 2015. She is excited to participate in the LEADING Program because gaining skills in data science will increase both the efficacy and impact of her work as a marine science librarian, and will support her overarching career goal to extract as much legacy data as possible from historical collections, transform them from being available to being useful, and ultimately contribute toward building out the biodiversity linked open data ecosystem.

Chris Wiley

Chris Wiley, PhD Student, University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign
LEADING Site: Montana State University Library

Chris Wiley received an undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems and a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. She has seven years of experience as an engineering and physical science research data services librarian and is also a first-year information science doctoral student. Her research interests are data curation, data management, institutional and data repositories. Chris is excited that LEADING Program will enhance her research skills, train her to think scientifically, and provide practical application that aligns with her research interests.

Jay Winkler, Assistant Archivist, ICPSR, University of Michigan
LEADING Site: Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio, Temple University Libraries

Jay Winkler is the Assistant Archivist at the ICPSR at the University of Michigan. He earned his MSI from Michigan’s School of Information in 2017. Jay is the primary metadata manager at the ICPSR and joined the institute as a Data Curator before transitioning onto the Metadata and Preservation team. Jay’s primary professional interests include taxonomies and linked data, and how to make sure library catalogs are adaptable to new types of materials covering new subjects. He is excited to have been chosen for a fellowship site that will allow him to directly apply those interests and take that knowledge back to the ICPSR.

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young, Science and Technology Reference Librarian II, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa
LEADING Site: Montana State University Library

Jonathan Young has been the Natural Sciences Librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hamilton Library for two years.  His PhD was in Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Hawaii.  His other degrees are an MLIS from the University of Hawaii, and an MS and BA in neuroscience from Caltech and Harvard.  His research interests include bibliometrics, research evaluation, interdisciplinarity, medical and bioinformatics.  I am excited to be part of LEADING, as I believe data science will be a key part of the future of library science, and I am looking forward to being part of that movement and demonstrating the value of a data science approach.