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. 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.

LEADING’s model includes community hubs at Montana State University Library and UC San Diego Library, a co-educational hub at OCLC, and 14 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.


Drexel PIs, Faculty, & Staff

  • Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor,  Director of the Metadata Research Center (MRC)
  • Il-Yeol Song, Professor
  • Weimao Ke, Associate Professor
  • Erjia Yan, Associate Professor
  • Jake Williams, Assistant Professor
  • Mat Kelly, Assistant Professor
  • Alex Poole, Assistant Professor
  • Lei Wang, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Sam Grabus, Project Manager, 2018 LEADS Fellow, PhD Student, Drexel University

Partner PIs

  • Kenning Arlitsch, Dean, Montana State University Library, Professor
  • Erik Mitchell, Audrey Geisel University Librarian, UC San Diego Library
  • Andrew K. Pace, Executive Director for Technical Research, OCLC


  • John Cannan, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University
  • Northeastern University Research Data Services Group: Jen Ferguson, Bahari Sanaie-Movahed, Kate Kryder); and the Digital Scholarship Group/IMLS-supported Design for Diversity project: Amanda Rust, Julia Flanders
  • Steve Dilliplane, AANSP Biodiversity Informatics Support, Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University
  • Helyx Horwitz, Information Systems and Technology Manager, Movement Alliance Project
  • Greg Jansen, Software Engineer, University of Maryland’s iSchool, AI-Collaboratory,  University of Maryland iSchool
  • Martin R. Kalfatovic, Program Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library; Associate Director, Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, Smithsonian Libraries
  • John Kunze, Identifier Systems Architect, California Digital Library, University of California, Office of the President
  • Holly Tomren, Head of Metadata Strategy and Digitization Services, Temple University libraries; and Peter Logan, Professor Emeritus of English, Former Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University Libraries
  • Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • Sarah Pugachev, Director of Research Initiatives, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
  • Chelcie Juliet Rowell, Head of Digital Scholarship, Tisch Library, Tufts University
  • Devon Smith, Lead Engineer, OCLC Research.
  • Hannah Tarver, Department Head in the Digital Projects Unit at University of North Texas Libraries.
  • Jonathan Wheeler, Data Curation Librarian, University of New Mexico

Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force

  • Yi Yun (Jessica) Cheng, 2019 LEADS Fellow, PhD Student, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • Sonia Pascua, 2019 LEADS Fellow, PhD Student, Drexel University
  • Hanlin Zhang, 2019 LEADS Fellow, PhD Student / UNC Chapel Hill
  • Gretchen Stahlman, 2018 LEADS Fellow, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
  • Adam Johs, 2018 LEADS Fellow, PhD Student, Drexel University

Advisory Board

  • Devan Ray Donaldson, Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Library Science (ILS), School of Informatics, University of Indiana
  • Juliane Schneider, Team Lead, eagle-I, Harvard Catalyst, Clinical and Translational Science Center
  • Megan Finn Senseney, Head, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, University of Arizona Libraries
  • Christopher C. Erdmann, Engagement, Support, and Training Expert, NHLBI BioData Catalyst, RENCI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • Richard Marciano, Professor and Director, AI-Collaboratory, University of Maryland iSchool