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Michele Hayslett

Data Services Librarian
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
How did you become involved in the world of data?: 
I was hired at the State Library of North Carolina in 2000 as a general reference librarian. When the Demographics Specialist left six months later, I was plunged into the world of U.S. census data. Then in 2005, I was hired as the Data Services Librarian at NC State University and discovered IASSIST.
What do you value most about your membership in IASSIST?: 
My colleagues. The breadth of knowledge available in the group is amazing.
What was your favorite IASSIST conference?: 
The most recent one. Maybe it’s *always* the most recent one, but the meeting in Ithaca (2010) was particularly relevant to what I’m doing at UNC.
What are some things you are working on currently?: 
I’m working with a group of librarians here at UNC to identify in what ways the library can best serve faculty around data curation issues. I’m trying to finish an article for the IQ (with Lynda Kellam, UNC Greensboro) about the American Community Survey. And I have some interesting reference questions, one about cost of living in Germany in the 1920s and 30s for which I’ve asked for Oliver Watteler’s help, and one about the number of U.S. citizens in the Philippines in 1910.
When not working with data I…: 
I’m a big sci-fi/fantasy fan, love to travel when I can, and am working on planting new gardens at the house my husband and I bought last year. Related to that last item, I am really loving the new 3-mile commute after ten years of a 30-mile one!
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