LEADS-4-NDP Mentors

As purveyors and stewards of information, library scientists and archivists have important and growing responsibilities to actively and meaningfully participate in our data-driven world, and apply data science techniques to improve library services and operations. We are addressing this need through the LIS Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP) program, as part of the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. LEADS-4-NDP is preparing next generation LIS faculty so they may meaningfully integrate data science and LIS education. In 2018, LEADS supported 10 Fellows: here.  The call for 2019 LEADS Fellows is now open @: applying to LEADS

For inquiries about this unique educative program, please contact the Metadata Research Center (mrc.metadata@drexel.edu), or Jane Greenberg directly.

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Project Mentors/Partners

Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University

  • Steve Dilliplane, AANSP Biodiversity Informatics Support
  • Jennifer Vess, ANSP Brooke Dolan Archivist
  • Vaughn Shirey, Georgetown University Biodiversity Informatics PhD student

California Digital Library, University of California, Office of the President

  • John Kunze, Identifier Systems Architect

Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), University of Maryland’s iSchool

  • Greg Jansen, Research Software Architect

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

  • Audrey Altman, Developer
  • Michael Della Bitta, Director of Technology

Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University Libraries

  • Peter Logan, Professor of English, Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center

Digital Research Services, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

  • Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

  • Caroline Hayden, Digital Services Manager


  • Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Membership and Research
  • Devon Smith, Lead Engineer

Repository Analytics & Metrics Portal (RAMP), Montana State University Library

  • Kenning Arlitsch, Dean
  • Jonathan Wheeler, Data Curation Librarian, University of New Mexico


Free Library of Philadelphia (2018 participant)

  • Susan Gunsenhouser, Project Manager
  • John Meier, Deputy Director of IT and Digital Strategies
  • Camille Tomlin, Web Development Supervisor

Smithsonian Libraries, Biodiversity Heritage Library (2018 participant)

  • Martin R Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, Program Director
  • Carolyn Sheffield, Program Manager