LIS Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP)

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 will prepare next generation LIS faculty so they may meaningfully integrate data science and LIS education.

LEADS-4-NDP will support LEADS Fellows from ALA accredited programs across the country. LEADS Fellows, will receive a summer stipend and complete the following: 1) an online preparatory curriculum, 2) an intensive 3-day data science bootcamp at Drexel University, and 3) a ten-week data science internship with a LEADS-4-NDP project partners.  Internships will be virtual, although some LEADS Fellows will be in the vicinity of their assigned NDP site. To learn more, read below, and see the 2018 LEADS Fellows call for applications.

For inquiries about this unique educative program, please contact the Metadata Research Center (, or Jane Greenberg directly.

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Project PIs, Information Science Department, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor, Director of the Metadata Research Center, and Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs (Lead PI)

Xia Lin, Professor, and Department Head, Information Science Department (Lead PI)

Weimao Ke, Associate Professor (Co-PI)

Il-Yeol Song, Professor (Co-PI)

Project Mentors/Partners

Audrey Altman, Developer, Digital Public Library of America

Michael Della Bitta, Director of Technology, Digital Public Library of America

Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Membership and Research, OCLC

Emily B. Gore, Director of Content, Curation & Use, Digital Public Library of America

Gretchen Gueguen, Data Services Coordinator, Digital Public Library of America

Susan Gunsenhouser, Project Manager, Free Library of Philadelphia

John Houser, Chief Information Officer, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Greg Jansen, Research Software Architect, Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) University of Maryland’s iSchool

Martin R Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, Program Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Libraries

John Kunze, Identifier Systems Architect, University of California, Office of the President

John Meier, Deputy Director of IT and Digital Strategies, Free Library of Philadelphia

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

Carolyn Sheffield, Program Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution

Devon Smith, Lead Engineer, OCLC

Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC

Camille Tomlin, Web Development Supervisor, Free Library of Philadelphia

Outreach Collaborators

Jody Gray, MLIS. Director, Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, American Library Association

Katy Travaline, Interim Managing Director, The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Drexel University

Advisory Board Members 

Devan Ray Donaldson, Assistant Professor, School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University, Bloomington

Christopher Erdmann, Library Carpentry Committee and Development Director, University of California Office of the President

Margaret L. Hedstrom, Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan

Cliff Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Richard Marciano, Director, Digital Curation Innovation Center, and Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Erik Mitchell, University Librarian, University of California San Diego

Julianne Schneider, Lead Data Analyst for Harvard Catalyst’s eagle-i, Harvard Medical School

Antonios Zavaliangos, A. W. Grosvenor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University