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2019 Election Bios

2019 is an election year for IASSIST. Positions up for election are:

President (2 year term)
Vice President (2 year term)
Secretary (4 year term)
Regional Secretaries (2 year term)
- Africa
- Asia Pacific
- Canada
- Europe
Administrative Committee Members At Large (4 year term)
- Canada (1 seat)
- Europe (2 seats)
- USA (3 seats)


San Cannon

Sandra "San" Cannon is the first Associate Vice Provost for Data Governance and Chief Data Officer at the University of Rochester. She is responsible for the University's enterprise-wide data and information strategy, governance, control, policy development and effective use. She collaborates with data producers and consumers as well as technology partners across the University to ensure that Rochester has the right data that can be used in the right ways to fulfill its mission. She also works with researchers and research support staff to understand and support research data needs. Prior to joining the University, San worked in data management and analytics in the Federal Reserve System for more than 20 years. In addition, she has taught applied data mining, text mining, and time series courses in the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University since 2014.

San is active in the international data community: founding the Central Bank Data Managers group in 2008 and serving as a member, U.S. Member at Large or U.S. Regional Secretary for IASSIST since 2001. She has presented and published on topics such as metadata standards, copyright and licensing issues, and data management and dissemination challenges. She holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of California, Irvine, a master of science in economics from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her role as Research Professor at the GoergEn Institute for Data Science, she conductions research on data organization and dissemination, data quality metrics and outcomes, research support processes, and applications of data science techniques.

Vice President

Robin Rice

Robin Rice is Data Librarian and Head of Research Data Support at University of Edinburgh, where she has provided research data services for twenty years. She is a long-time IASSIST member and has previously served on the Admin Committee as a regional member and as Web Editor. She is co-author of The Data Librarian's Handbook and co-creator of the Research Data Management Training (MANTRA) online course and of the Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC on Coursera. She leads a team in supporting University researchers with issues across the data lifecycle, and acts in a strategic role as service owner for the Research Data Service. She has worked as a social science data librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and EDINA, and is currently based in the Library & University Collections division of Information Services at Edinburgh serving the broader university research community.

"As Vice-President I would look forward to getting to know all the current activities, groups and people that continually renew IASSIST to be relevant to data specialists all over the world. As a volunteer-led organization I know IASSIST sometimes struggles keeping up with its own ambition. In working with a president who is full of energy and passion, and building on the rock-solid presidency of the past four years, I hope to review and realize many long-held (and recent) aspirations of members, continue to strive for diversity and inclusion within our membership and to find our place amongst peer organizations, aiming to empower those who offer their valuable time to help the organisation achieve small and large goals through collaboration, hard work, and vision. It's going to be a lot of fun!"


Lynda Kellam

Starting July 1, 2019, Lynda Kellam will be the Research Data Services Librarian at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Until that date, Lynda is completing her service as the Social Sciences Data Librarian and Assistant Director of International & Global Studies at the UNC Greensboro's University Libraries. She also serves as liaison to the Departments of Political Science, History, Sociology, and Peace & Conflict Studies. She is the co-author of Numeric Data Services and Sources for the General Reference Librarian (2011), co-editor of Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice (2016), and has presented extensively on data services. She received her MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her MLIS from the UNC Greensboro, and is a doctoral candidate in History.

Regional Secretaries


Winny Nekesa

I am currently a Senior Library and Clients' Support Officer at the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority, Kampala, Uganda; I also provide research and data management services. Previously, I worked with Uganda Bureau of Statistics in charge of data and information dissemination. I hold a Masters degree in Information Science, Post Graduated Diploma in Demography and Statistics from Makerere University and Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from Nkumba University. I have been actively involved in IASSIST since the 2013 conference held in Cologne, Germany. Over the years, I have engaged in a number of IASSIST initiatives including the establishment of the Professional Development Committee, and more recently coordinated DataLiteracy training for Librarians in Uganda funded by IASSIST. Through my membership and mentorship in IASSIST, I have gained knowledge and experience in research data management initiatives that I am sharing with my colleagues, initiatives like Data Documentation Initiative, data visualization/ infographics as well as data dissemination.


Samuel Spencer

Samuel Spencer is the current Asia-Pacific Regional Secretary. During his tenure in this position, Samuel has acted as Program Committee co-chair in 2016 and as Local Arrangements Committee Co-chair in 2019, which brought the IASSIST conference to the Asia-Pacific region for the first time ever. Professionally, Samuel is the CEO of Aristotle Cloud Services Australia, providing metadata governance services to the government and academic sectors globally. He has worked in the private and public sectors championing good data governance practices.


Carol Perry

I have had the great opportunity to act as the regional secretary for Canada for the past two terms. I have enjoyed being able to contribute in a meaningful way to this organization which I have been a part of since 1998.

IASSIST has been a great learning ground over the years and the depth of knowledge and experience people bring to the table is impressive. I continue to apply all I learn in my regular job at the University of Guelph as well as in the broader Canadian context. I am actively involved in a number of PORTAGE initiatives including the DMP Expert Group, the Expert Training Group and, more recently, the Research Intelligence Group, all working to develop and provide national supports for Research Data Management in Canada. Much of what I have to offer is directly attributable to the knowledge, expertise and experiences I have gained through my IASSIST membership.

It would be a pleasure to continue to work with the other regional secretaries in ensuring IASSIST continues to be an important and relevant association.


Anne Sofie Fink Kjeldgaard

Anne Sofie Fink Kjeldgaard (f), Head of Research Data Dissemination Services, the Danish National Archives. Anne Sofie holds a Master of Science in International Marketing and a Ph.D. degree in History.

Anne Sofie started working in the Danish Data Archive in 2000. She has experience in both data collection, processing and dissemination. She was part of the team developing Nesstar back in the days. Since 2014 (when DDA was fully integrated in the Danish National Archives) her responsibilities have been for activities on research and administrative data dissemination, communication and training. International networking and corporation on research data management, FAIR data, Open Science, shared development of user services etc. have always been a priority for Anne Sofie. Obviously, the role as appointed CESSDA Service Provider is highly valued.


Stephanie Tulley

Stephanie Tulley is a Senior Data Librarian for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where she's been supporting economists and research analysts in obtaining the data they need to do scholarly and monetary policy research for nearly three years. Compliance with internal and third party terms, transparency and reproducibility are other responsibilities and areas of interest.

Prior to her time in the Federal Reserve System, Stephanie was in academia serving the community of the University of California, Santa Barbara as the Economics, Business, and Social Science Data Librarian. During her time at UCSB, she worked with faculty and students across many disciplines, and along with her team developed the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, bringing data and software to students in a centralized location on campus.

Stephanie is interested in developing ways of highlighting issues impacting both academic and non-academic data professionals, and is an IASSIST-enthusiast who found her people and her passion in this community.

Members at Large


Dylanne Dearborn

Dylanne Dearborn holds a split position as the Research Data Librarian (Science and Engineering) and the Physics Librarian at the University of Toronto. As the Research Data Librarian representing the areas of Science and Engineering, she works closely with an interdisciplinary team to conceptualize and develop research data management services. As the second part of her position, she is the head of the Physics Library in the Department of Physics and works with faculty and researchers on a variety of research, data and preservation projects.

Dylanne is engaged in collaborative local, national and international initiatives related to research data. She serves as Chair for both the University of Toronto Libraries' Research Data Management Committee and the Research Intelligence Expert Group for Portage, Canada's national research data management network. She has also been an active member of IASSIST since 2012.


David Schiller

David Schiller studied Sociology and History at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since than he worked in a number of projects regarding data management and data documentation, with institutional, national and international focus. He was associated with the German National Educational Panel Study at the University of Bamberg, the Research Data Centre of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research, and GESIS - the German Leibniz-Institute for Social Sciences. Since March 2019 David Schiller works in the Institute for Information Science at the HTW Chur, Switzerland, as Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer for Digital Education. He was and is involved in various DDI activities and tries to emphasis the need for a good software support for DDI and the need for a "standard in use".

Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen

Wolfgang’s current work focuses on the application and development of data documentation standards, e.g. within the DDI Alliance, DataCite, the registration agency dara, or the CESSDA Metadata Office. In addition, he is active with designing and developing data services (e.g. the data catalogue DBK, datorium, SowiDataNet, and the CESSDA Euro Question Base). Recent research interests include understanding the conditions and key drivers of scientists’ behavior with regard to data management actions, and methods to improve infrastructure services for new data types like social media data or georeferenced data.

By being a candidate for a European Member at Large position, Wolfgang would support the mission of IASSIST to internationally improve the application and documentation of digital data within the social science domain, especially by creating standards and fostering their adoption. He is looking forward to be part of this exciting journey.


Bobray Bordelon

Bobray Bordelon joined Princeton University as the Economics & Finance Librarian in 1993 has led Data & Statistical Services since 2004 and is the former director of the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA). He is active and has leadership roles in various data and library associations. He is currently co-chairing the IASSIST 2019 Program Committee. He co-teaches "Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation" as part of the ICPSR summer program, serves on ICPSR Council and the Roper Archival Advisory Committee. He has been honored with the William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative and the Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship. He has authored various articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He would be honored to help represent the membership of IASSIST and serve as their voice.

Ashley Jester

Ashley Jester is the Assistant Director, Science & Engineering Libraries, at Stanford University. Ashley leads the Li & Ma Science Library and the Terman Engineering Library and directs a team of librarians providing provide research support for students and faculty across both the School of Humanities & Sciences and the School of Engineering. She also serves as the subject specialist for political science, mathematics, and statistics. Ashley holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Rochester. She is passionate about research transparency, especially around issues of reproducibility and replicability, and she is working with her team to develop a new workshop curriculum aimed at applied research practices for STEM researchers.

Ashley has served as an At-Large Member for USA since 2015 and also serves as the listserv moderator. Ashley is part of the Programme Committee for the 2019 conference in Sydney and is very much looking forward to celebrating the best IASSIST ever in May!

Ryan Womack

Ryan Womack is Data Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As Data Librarian, he serves as the primary expert within the New Brunswick Libraries on datasets and statistical methods, assisting the Rutgers community in locating and using data, and with developing services promoting data and statistical literacy. His academic background includes Master's degrees in economics, library science, and most recently statistics and biostatistics. He has been active in IASSIST since 2009, and has served as IASSIST Secretary from 2015 to 2019. He has published articles in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library and Information Science Research, PLOS ONE, and other journals, and presented talks and workshops on various aspects of data science at IASSIST and beyond (most recently in Mongolia). Being a part of the IASSIST community has provided him with inspiration and encouragement in the world of data, and it would be a privilege to continue to serve and strengthen the organization.

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