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Libraries, Literature, and Learning | Carolina Data Science Now

March 23, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The event will feature three lightning talks by professors and researchers in UNC-Chapel Hill’s academic community, centered around how data science is used to enhance research methodology and techniques in projects involving bibliographic data, literary texts, and virtual makerspaces. The event will be moderated by Matt Jansen, and speakers include Michelle Cawley, Grant Glass, and Maggie Melo. These talks will be followed by a guided panel, an opportunity for questions and answers with the speakers, and a discussion with the data science community at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Meet the Moderator

Matt Jansen
Data Analysis Librarian (Digital Research Services)

Matt Jansen is a data analysis librarian who provides support for researchers and students on data preparation and analysis across a variety of data formats and research goals, including analyses of text corpora, chiefly in R and Python. He has been the Data Analysis Librarian in Digital Research Services since 2019, and previously served as a Data Analyst from 2015 to 2019 after joining the University Library in 2009. He holds a BA in History and Political Science and MS in Statistics from UNC. Matt previously participated in Carolina Data Science Now as a speaker for our February 2022 event. View his presentation here.


Our speakers for this month are as follows:

  • Michelle Cawley

    Interim Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Health Sciences and Director, Health Sciences Library

    Michelle Cawley is the Interim Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Health Sciences and Director of the Health Sciences Library (HSL). In these roles, Ms. Cawley provides leadership and general administration of the HSL and is a part of the University Libraries Leadership team. HSL is the primary library for the University’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health and UNC’s medical center. Ms. Cawley also has wide-ranging experience in the application of machine learning solutions to improve the efficiency of completing scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and other large-scale literature reviews. At HSL, Ms. Cawley is leading the effort to bring AI-based solutions to search strategy development, de-duplication of search results, and prioritization of search results to reduce manual screening burden. For University Libraries she chaired a committee to develop a framework for the Libraries support of data science at UNC. The final report from this work was completed in March 2020 and Ms. Cawley is currently co-chairing a team to implement recommendations around Libraries support of data services at UNC.

  • Grant Glass

    Data Scientist and Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Grant Glass is a data scientist with a background in literary texts and a passion for humanistic methodologies. Throughout his academic career, Glass has worked with data driven teams at UNC-CH, Duke, King's College London, and Harvard University. His pedagogical passions include teaching 18th and 19th century literature. Glass was awarded multiple times for excellence in teaching across the university and in the department of English. His research traces the proliferation and adaptation of classic literary texts using traditional humanistic methodologies with data science principles.

  • Maggie Melo

    Assistant Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science

    Dr. Maggie Melo completed her PhD at the University of Arizona, where she was an American Association of University Women Fellow. She co-founded the University of Arizona’s first publicly accessible and interdisciplinary makerspace – the iSpace (now CATalyst Studios) – and strategically facilitated its growth from a 400-square-foot room in the Science-Engineering Library to a 5,000-square-foot facility housed in the University’s Main Library.

    She also founded the Women Techmakers Tucson Hackathon, the Southwest’s first women’s-only hackathon. She has given keynote addresses and invited-talks at regional and national conferences, including the Google Developer Group’s North American Summit.

    Her research specialization resides at the intersection of critical making and the development of equitable and inclusive STEM-rich learning spaces (e.g. makerspaces) in libraries. Her work has appeared in Libraries and the Academy, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Computers and Composition Online, among others.

    She received an NSF CAREER Award in 2020 for a project titled "Equity in the Making: Investigating Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and Their Impact on Diverse User Populations," and now directs the Equity in Making (EITM) Lab at SILS.


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March 23, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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