Past Conferences

2016 Conference

The 2016 Midwest Data Librarian Symposium was hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The 2016 schedule will follow a similar format to the 2015 symposium. It will feature an active learning keynote workshop and group activities around specific topics. Sessions will be held from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday and Tuesday, October 17-18, 2016.


Our schedule for 2016 symposium includes:

Date Time Description
Monday, 10/17    
  8:30-9:15am Breakfast/mingling
  9:15-9:30 am Overview of Conference
  9:30am-12:00pm Workshop 1:

Keynote Speaker

Melissa Cragin – Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Hub at National Center for Supercomputing Applications Melissa Cragin is the Executive Director for the Midwest Big Data Hub, based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Prior to joining NCSA, Melissa was Staff Associate in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate of Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she guided the development of data policy and accelerated community engagement on research data management and public access. Before joining the staff at NSF, Melissa served for two years in the BIO Directorate as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. Previous to her work with the federal government, Melissa was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, where she led the Data Curation Education Program and conducted research in the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship. She has a PhD from UIUC, an MLIS from Rutgers University, and an M.Ed. from Rhode Island College.

  12:00-1:15pm Lunch
  1:15-1:30pm Brief explanation of conference format / topics
  1:30-2:30pm Workshop 2: Developing Data Personas
  2:30-3:00pm Workshop 2 report back/discussion
  3:00-3:15pm Coffee break
  3:15 – 4:15 pm Workshop 3: Creating Tidy Data
  4:15-4:30pm Day 1 recap
  5:00-7:00pm Optional Dine Around (Sign up on Carpool, Social page of website)
  7:00-9:00pm Optional video and board gaming at the UM Computer and Video Game ArchiveThe CVGA is a research archive dedicated to the academic study of games; its holdings include video games (both computer-based and console-based) and board games from the past several decades (click the links to see the holdings in UM’s Mirlyn catalog).  If you want to bring a board game that we don’t own, feel free!  We’ll provide some light dessert.  You can get to the CVGA by using the free campus bus service; directions and meetup details will be provided at the symposium.
Tuesday, 10/18    
  8:30-9:00am Breakfast/networking
  9:00-9:15am Recap explanation of conference format / topics
  9:15-10:15 am Workshop 4: Lightning talks

The lightning talk session will feature 5 minute presentations given back-to-back without interruption.

  10:15-10:45am Lightning talks report back/discussion
  10:45-11:00am Coffee/snack break
  11:00-12:00pm Workshop 5: Data Information Literacy matrix
  12:00pm-12:30pm Workshop report back/discussion
  12:30-1:30pm Lunch
  1:30-2:30pm Workshop 6: Educational Skills Sharing
  2:30-3:00pm Workshop report back/discussion
  3:00-3:15pm Coffee break
  3:15-4:30pm Overall symposium wrap-up



Name Institution Email Twitter Handle
Allison Langham University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephanie Tulley Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Megan Sapp Nelson Purdue University @sappnelson
Shelie Vacek University of South Dakota
Jamene Brooks-Kieffer University of Kansas @jbk
Abigail Goben University of Illinois Chicago @hedgielib/td>
Katherine Akers Wayne State University
Kristin Briney University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee @KristinBriney
Scott Martin University of Michigan @ScottMLibrary
Elizabeth Wickes University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign @elliewix
Megan ODonnell Iowa State University @mega_no
Brianna Marshall University of Wisconsin-Madison @notsosternlib
Jim Van Loon Wayne State University @jamese99
Heather Coates IUPUI @IandPangurBan
Sandy De Groote University of Illinois Chicago @supersgroote
Lynne Frederickson University of Michigan
Amy Neeser University of Michigan @pseudoAMYloid
Kiem Ta Oklahoma State University @tkiem
Tina Griffin University of Illinois Chicago @tmcgriffin
Hailey Mooney University of Michigan
Rebecca Orozco University of Kansas
Chealsye Bowley Florida Gulf Coast University @chealsye
Cunera Buys Northwestern University
Amy Koshoffer University of Cincinnati @CincyAmyK
Pamela Shaw Northwestern University @@bioscibrarian
Karen Downing University of Michigan @kdowning
Jennifer Laherty Indiana University
Cameron Cook University of Wisconsin-Madison @cameron_ccook
Nathan Wolfe Kenyon College
Kate Saylor University of Michigan
Michelle Bass University of Chicago @mbbassdrlib
Mara Sedlins Duke University
Laura Menard Butler University
Mark Clemente Case Western Reserve University @marklclemente
Trisha Adamus University of Wisconsin-Madison tladamus
Justin Joque University of Michigan
Tracy Waterman Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Heather Howard Purdue University @hidingheather
Thomas Burns University of Missouri Kansas City
Pete Pascuzzi Purdue University
Stephanie Wright Mozilla Foundation @shefw
Allan Barclay University of Wisconsin-Madison @abarclay
Amanda Tickner Michigan State University
Marina Zhang University of Iowa
Rebekah Cummings University of Utah @RebekahCummings
Marianne Stowell Bracke Purdue University @aglibrarian
Kathy Wolcott American Mathematical Society
Andrew Battista New York University @rawdeal85
Morgaine Gilchrist-Scott University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jane Yatcilla Purdue University
Jennifer Bolmarcich Simmons College SLIS @jbolmarcich
Meryl Brodsky Eastern Michigan University
Anne Zald Northwestern University
Scout Calvert Michigan State University @windloochie
Carolyn Mead-Harvey University of Oklahoma
S.K. (Kayleigh) Van Poolen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sofia Dabrowski USGS Great Lakes Science Center
Kui-Bim Im University of Michigan-Flint
Lori Tschihart University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Tyler Nix University of Michigan-Ann Arbor @atylenix

2015 Conference

Hosted by University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin Madison


The Midwest Data Librarians Symposium will follow an unconference format, meaning we want to hear from all of the participants! Tell us what’s working well and where you are stuck. The idea is to share experiences and help each other out.

The general schedule will include the following:

  • Group discussions on the following 4 topics
    • Teaching data management
    • Consulting on data
    • Curating data
    • Forming partnerships on campus
  • Hands-on workshop on teaching data management
  • Lots of time for networking!


8:00-8:45am – Breakfast/mingling

8:45-9:00am – Introduction to MDLS [Brianna Marshall, UW-Madison, and Kristin Briney, UW-Milwaukee]

9:00am-12:00pm – Workshop on Data Management Teaching Materials [workshop leader: Lisa Johnston, University of Minnesota]

12:00-1:15pm – Lunch

1:15-1:30pm – Brief explanation of unconference format / topics

1:30-2:30pm – Attendee introductions + share top challenge you are facing at your university + one current project/initiative

2:30-2:45pm – Coffee break

2:45-3:45pm – Topic 1: Consulting on data [facilitator: Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Washington University in St. Louis]

3:45-4:15pm – Topic 1 report back/discussion

4:15-4:30pm – Day 1 recap


8:00-8:45am – Breakfast/mingling

8:45-9:00am – Recap explanation of unconference format / topics

9:00-10:00am – Topic 2: Curating research data [facilitator: Margaret Henderson, VCU]

10:00-10:30am – Topic 2 report back/discussion

10:30-10:45am – Coffee break

10:45-11:45am – Topic 3: Forming partnerships on campus [facilitator: Brianna Marshall, UW-Madison]

11:45am-12:15pm – Topic 3 report back/discussion

12:15-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-2:30pm – Topic 4: Teaching data management [facilitator: Heather Coates, IUPUI]

2:30-3:00pm – Topic 4 report back/discussion

3:00-3:15pm – Coffee break

3:15-4:30pm – Overall symposium wrap-up [facilitator: Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, University of Kansas]



Dan Able
MLS Student
Emporia State University

Trisha Adamus
Research Data Librarian
Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Aaron Albertson
Instruction & Research Librarian

Michelle B. Bass
Science Research Services Librarian
The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago

Katie Blank
Electronic Records Manager
Special Collections and University Archives, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University

Kristin Briney
Data Services Librarian
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jamene Brooks-Kieffer
Data Services Librarian
University of Kansas

Cunera Buys
e-Science Librarian
Northwestern University Libraries

Erin Carrillo
Information Services Librarian

Heather Coates
Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian
Liaison to the Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship

Cameron Cook
Digital Curation Assistant

William Doering
Data Librarian
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Elise Dunham
Data Curation Specialist
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rose Fortier
Coordinator of Digital Programs
Marquette University

Jesse Garrison
Science & Technology Librarian
Iowa State University

Abigail Goben
Information Services and Liaison Librarian
University of Illinois at Chicago

Tina Griffin
Visiting Asst Professor, Visiting Information services librarian/liaison
University of Illinois at Chicago

Margaret Henderson, MLIS, AHIP
Associate Professor; Director, Research Data Management
VCU Libraries

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale
Data Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis

Heidi Imker
Research Data Service, Director
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rebecca Jackson
Head, Social Sciences & Humanities Dept. and Circulation and Media Services
Iowa State University Library

Lisa Johnston
Research Data Management/Curation Lead
University of Minnesota Libraries

Ron Joslin
Research & Instruction Librarian/Sciences
Macalester College

Svetlana Korolev
Science librarian
University-Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Amy Koshoffer
Science Informationist

Dr. Mark Laufersweiler
Research Data Specialist
University Libraries, University of Oklahoma

Carrie Leatherman
Science Librarian

Shaochen Liu
Diversity Intern-UWM Golda Meir Library
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Brianna Marshall
Digital Curation Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scott Martin
Biological Sciences Librarian
University of Michigan

Evan Meszaros
Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences
Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Laniece Miller
Scholarly Communication and Curation Librarian
Argonne National Laboratory

Mary Murphy
Library and Information Studies Student

Amy Neeser
Research Data Curation Librarian
University of Michigan Libraries

Megan O’Donnell
Schoalrly Communications and Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University

Kristin Partlo
Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Science and Data
Gould Library, Carleton College

Treshani Perera
Graduate Student

Line Pouchard
Computational Science Information SpecialistPurdue University Libraries Research Data group

Amanda Rinehart
Data Management Services Librarian

Dorothea Salo
Faculty Associate
School of Library and Information Studies, UW-Madison

Megan Sapp Nelson
Associate Professor of Library Sciences
Purdue University Libraries

Matt Schultz
Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian
Grand Valley State University

Pamela L Shaw
Biosciences & Bioinformatics Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Helenmary Sheridan
Digital Production Assistant
Northwestern University Library

Kaitlin Svabek
Graduate Student, Department Library Assistant, Teaching Assistant
UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies

Michelle Sweetser
University Archivist
Marquette University

Erin Thomas
Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian
Iowa State University

Christie Wiley
Engineering Research Data Services Librarian


Many thanks to the organizing committee who helped plan the symposium and the schedule.

  • Kristin Briney, UW-Milwaukee
  • Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, Kansas
  • Heather Coates, IUPUI
  • Elise Dunham, Illinois
  • Margaret Henderson, VCU
  • Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Brianna Marshall, UW-Madison
  • Amanda Rinehart, OSU
  • Dorothea Salo, UW-Madison