Lives in Data: Prominent Data Librarians, Archivists and Educators Share Their Thoughts


data librarians
data archivists
library science educators

How to Cite

Thompson, K., & Liu, G. (2017). Lives in Data: Prominent Data Librarians, Archivists and Educators Share Their Thoughts. International Journal of Librarianship, 2(1), 66–72.
Received 2017-07-17
Accepted 2017-07-17
Published 2017-07-25


We asked several data librarians, archivists and educators who have had prominent and interesting careers if they would be willing to let us profile them and share some of their thoughts on the field. Six graciously agreed to be interviewed via email. Many of our respondents played key roles in developing data services and infrastructure in their respective countries, while others are involved in building the future of the field through education, advancing standards, and advocacy. 

Our virtual panel includes Tuomas J. Alaterä, Finland; Ann Green and Jian Qin, United States; Guangjing Li, China; Wendy Watkins, Canada; and Lynn Woolfrey, South Africa.
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