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Announcing the 2024 NCDS Data Librarianship Internship Participants!

Posted by on May 13th, 2024 Posted in: announcements
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The NNLM National Center for Data Services is proud to announce the second cohort in the Data Internship program! The goal of the program is to provide graduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with practical experiences and skills for obtaining data librarian positions. These paid internships offer opportunities to work with real life data and scenarios while working with a mentor in a guided environment. After a highly competitive application and external review process, the following individuals have been selected. They start June 3rd, 2024 and complete the internship on August 9, 2024. This year, they will work with our internship partner sites: Data Curation Network (DCN), University of Michigan Library at Ann Arbor, and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Please join us in welcoming and celebrating them!


2024 NCDS Data Internship Participants



Kimberly Carlo

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My name is Kimberly Gisselle Carlo. I am in my first year of the master’s program in Information and Library Science at the University at Buffalo. Prior to this, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies with a minor in Gender Studies from SUNY Purchase. I was born and raised in New York City and currently reside in Westchester County, NY, where I will be joining the NCDS Data Librarian Internship. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and drawing. I am excited to develop my data skills and to collaborate with my fellow interns and the Data Curation Network.

Project: Data Curation Network – Cleaning, Analyzing, and Visualizing Data

Adele Chase

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My name is Adele Chase (she/hers). I am attending the Masters in Library and Information Science program at the University of South Carolina, where I am a Graduate Assistant in the Student Services Department and President of the Library and Information Science Students Association (LISSA). In addition, I will be the Augusta Baker Graduate Assistant working for Dr. Nicole Cooke starting in Fall 2024. I am also a Research and Readers’ Advisory Specialist at Richland Library, a public library in Columbia, SC. I am passionate about harnessing technology to build a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive world. In my free time, I enjoy reading, pottery, papercutting, crocheting, and playing with my dog and my two cats.

Project: University of Michigan – University Library Use in Health Sciences and STEM Fields

Tonja Cunningham

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My name is Tonja Cunningham, and I am a North Carolina native and a proud graduate of the MLS program at East Carolina University. My journey in the healthcare industry has currently brought me to a role in patient financial services within a hospital system in North Carolina, where I have gained an understanding of the complexities of healthcare and the pivotal role of data.

Previously, I worked in customer service for an insurance company, an experience that sharpened my interpersonal skills and taught me the importance of clear communication and empathy. These skills are underpinned by my personal belief in the Golden Rule, as stated in the Gospel of Matthew (7:12): “In everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you.”

I am excited about the potential to enhance how data is utilized in healthcare and support the NCDS mission. My ultimate goal in the librarianship role is to ensure that information is accessible, accurate, and used ethically, ultimately benefiting all stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem.

Project: Data Curation Network – Cleaning, Analyzing, and Visualizing Data

Shira Greer

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My name is Shira Greer (she/they) and I am pursuing an MSLS at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am excited to work with the NCDS to strengthen my data management skills, which I hope to use to pursue digital humanities projects. Alongside my work with the NCDS, I also work as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library. Before graduate school, I earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Richmond, where I stewarded the creation of an Africana Studies program and advocated for Black student welfare through the Black Student Coalition. My academic interests include community archiving, oral history, digital humanities, Black studies, and queer theory. My primary research interest is exploring how libraries and archives can collaborate with communities to document, collect, and make knowledge accessible through participatory praxis, and I’m excited to learn more about how data science can help me achieve this.

Project: Cary Institute – Forest Ecology Data Rescue

Alekanikalia (Kani) Kucich

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Hi, my name is Kani, and I will be earning an MLIS from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. I live on the Big Island of Hawai’i on a homestead and enjoy being outside and growing food. I am excited to participate in the 2024 Data Internship program and look forward to gaining new skills.

Project: Cary Institute – Michael Kudish’s Catskill Mountains Field Notes

Javier Martinez Rodriguez

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My name is Javier Martinez Rodriguez (He/Him), and I am pursuing my master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and will complete my studies in June. I have focused on knowledge organization and data/metadata Management. I am an immigrant from Venezuela where I earned my Bachelor’s in Modern Languages with a concentration in Linguistics from Universidad de Los Andes, and also attended the University of Texas at Austin as an exchange student in their Linguistics Department in 2013. I am interested in working in data services/librarianship and look forward to the experience this internship will provide as I start this career path. I currently live in New York City and work as a Research Administrator. In my free time, I enjoy doing puzzles, knitting, and exploring the city.

Project: University of Michigan – University Library Use in Health Sciences and STEM Fields

María (Fer) Palomares Carranco

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Hola! My name is María Fernanda (Fer) Palomares Carranco, and I’m a first year in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Washington from Houston/Austin, Texas and San Luis Potosí, México.

My interest in data librarianship comes from a mix of professional, academic, and personal experiences. Prior to graduate school, I worked in undergraduate and graduate admissions where I organized, cleaned, and interpreted applicant data. The approaches I took when working with data and discussing how to improve the application process for applicants with senior leadership were informed by many of the undergraduate courses I took for my bachelor’s in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies and Sociology. Now in my first year of graduate school, I have gained introductory knowledge to an array of library specialties but keep being drawn to how data is used. I have broad interests in knowledge organization, data lifecycles, the intersection of digitization and archiving for data interpretation, and spatial/visual representations of data.

Now that I’m in Seattle I spend lots of my free time walking my slow paced Great Pyrenees, Amos, soaking up the sun when there’s sunshine, and participating in Latino Outdoor events. As a first-generation Mexican American woman in the library world, I am thrilled to be joining a community of future and current librarians that are willing to train and mentor us to be competitive for data librarian positions.

Project: Cary Institute – Michael Kudish’s Catskill Mountains Field Notes

Jasmine Phillips

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Hello, my name is Jasmine, and I recently completed a Master of Science in Information from Florida State University. Over the course of my degree, I focused on information organization, and received a certificate in information architecture, because of my interests in metadata for access and retrieval and improving user experience. I also worked on an assistantship, where I became familiar with a program I will be using during my NCDS project with the Data Curation Network. A data conference I attended this past semester coupled with one class I took, Data Organization, made me interested in learning more about data, especially visualizations, and data librarianship. I am excited to get hands-on experience and learn new skills with the NCDS and DCN!

Project: Data Curation Network – Cleaning, Analyzing, and Visualizing Data

Syeda Quadri

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Hi, my name is Syeda Quadri, and I am in the Master of Library Science program at North Carolina Central University. My professional interests include digital resource accessibility, data curation, and data management. My experiences working with data in a library setting have made apparent to me the crucial role of data management services in the operation of library and information environments. I am excited for the opportunity to make valuable contributions to my data project during this internship experience.

Project: Cary Institute – Forest Ecology Data Rescue

Ashley Rodriguez

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Hi, my name is Ashley Brianna Rodriguez. I am currently a first-year graduate student in the MSI program at Florida State University. I earned my bachelors in English from the University of Central Florida. I’m from Tallahassee, Florida, but I recently moved to the state of Georgia. This summer, I’m excited to participate in the “Forest Ecology Data Rescue” project with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies to gain real-world experience in data management.

Outside of academia, I have a passion for reading, writing, photography, gaming, attending rock concerts, and spending quality time with my puppy and significant other.

Project: Cary Institute – Forest Ecology Data Rescue

Jasmine Zacate

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My name is Jasmine, and I am in my third semester of the MSI program at Florida State University. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2020. I currently live in Austin, Minnesota, and work in Technical Services at Mayo Clinic Libraries. Outside of work and school, I enjoy baking, reading, and long walks. I am excited to learn and apply my knowledge to our data project.

Project: Cary Institute – Michael Kudish’s Catskill Mountains Field Notes

Xiao Zeng

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Hi, I’m Xiao (she/her). I’m an MSLIS candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My interests include digital curation and scholarly communication. As a Graduate Assistant at IDEALS, the university’s institutional repository, my responsibilities involve reviewing and managing metadata and leading projects related to ETDs. Outside of my academic and work commitments, I enjoy baking, crocheting, and playing fetch with my cat. Looking forward to gaining more knowledge and skills from this program.

Project: University of Michigan – University Library Use in Health Sciences and STEM Fields

If there are any questions, reach out to ncds@nnlm.gov.

This project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), under cooperative agreement number UG4LM01234 with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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