Alice B. Kroger Professor, Director of the Metadata Research Center, Information Science Department, College of Computing and Information Science
Professor, Department Head, Information Science Department, College of Computing and Information Science
Library and information scientists, archivists, and stewards of data and information have important and growing responsibilities to actively and meaningfully participate in our data-driven world, and apply data science techniques to improve information services and operations. We are addressing this need through the LIS Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP) program. LEADS-4-NDP, supported by the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), is preparing next-generation library and information science (LIS) faculty and front-line professionals so they may meaningfully integrate data science into the workplace and LIS education. This presentation will report 2018 LEADS-4-NDP outputs and lessons learned, as LEADS Fellows participated in a Drexel led data science boot camp and engaged in immersive, virtual data science experiences with national partners (Biodiversity Heritage Library; California Digital Library; Digital Curation Innovation Center, University of Maryland; Digital Public Library of America; Open Penn; Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University Libraries; Free Library of Philadelphia; OCLC; and the Pennsylvania Historical Society). The presentation will also report on plans for year two (2019) and engage session attendees in a discussion on key issues driving the LEADS program and opportunity for data science to improve information services and operations.