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Aug 22 / Kimberly

OA Success Story: NASA has made it’s publicly funded research openly available — and free

Great news from the folks at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the U.S. recently announced that all of their publicly-funded research is now Open Access, and free to access online. It’s great to see large organizations like NASA adhering to the Open Access Policy put in place in 2013 in the United States.

Here’s the full article published by The Independent, and a link to NASA’s PubSpace.


Oct 1 / Kimberly

Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science

In January 2015, I was fortunate to be invited to take part in a fantastic and inspiring 2-day conference entitled “Envisioning our Information Future & How to Educate for It“. Focusing on the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education, this conference represents an opportunity for “evaluating and implementing relevant curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical engagement within a global context.” The grant for this conference was led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

During the forum, participants agreed on the importance of promoting awareness of the “cool” careers one can pursue in the information science field in libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. In support of this goal, principal investigators Eileen Abels, Lynne Howarth, and Linda Smith collaborated with Abels’ Dean’s Fellow, Derek Murphy, to create this podcast. Each episode features an interview with a different conference participant exploring a nontraditional area in Library and Information Science. Episode 1 features Gemma Petrie on User Experience Research, and Episode 2 features Kimberly Silk on Data Librarianship.

Feb 18 / Kimberly

Things You Can Do as a Library Student to Prepare for a Career as a Data Librarian

A terrific post by Celia Emmelhainz for students interested in Data Librarianship. Hats off to Stephen for sending it my way.

We do so much in library school—take classes, work, study, and figure out how to market ourselves when we graduate. In this post, I’d like to talk about how I became a data librarian, and what you can learn about data while still in library school!

Read the full post at