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Monday, May 16 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
“I Don’t Live to Drain, I Drain to Live”: Data Librarian or Energy Vampire?

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After watching the hit television show What We Do in the Shadows and working on a presentation on file naming conventions, I found myself wondering… am I an energy vampire or a data librarian? Or are the two things synonymous? Do data librarians drain energy from students, faculty, and other librarians when we talk about data? Are the blank stares we sometimes receive from students a symptom of the students’ life forces being drained by two energy vampires, or do they simply point to how unexciting and soul-crushing data instruction can be? In this lightning talk we will report findings from a survey of data librarians summarizing what they do, how they support patrons and other librarians, and how they make data interesting (or not). We will then compare and contrast the services these librarians provide with the popularized characteristics of energy vampires and let audience members decide.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of an energy vampire, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szGmZAPsILQ

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Lindsay Gypin

Data Services Librarian, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Lindsay Gypin (she/her) is the Data Services Librarian at UNCG Greensboro (UNCG). Lindsay assists researchers with every aspect of the research data lifecycle, from finding quality datasets to writing research data management plans. In her free time, she shares uninteresting obscure... Read More →
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Jo Klein

GIS & Data Visualization Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jo Klein (they/he) is the GIS & Data Visualization Librarian at UNC Greensboro (UNCG). Jo loves to teach GIS and data visualization topics by combining data literacy learning objectives with hands-on activities using citizen science, geocaching, and free mapping tools. Jo is not an... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT