University Libraries Presents: “Centering the Libraries as a Space for Technology-Based Equity”

Date: 02/13/2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Special Collections Seminar Room


Jonathan O. Cain examines how data skill sets can help to prepare students to meet the challenges of our current knowledge and technology-based economy, with a concentration on how data services in libraries can mitigate the well-reported lack of diversity in data science and data-savvy careers. Cain will illustrate the linking effects of limited access for women and minoritized groups to disciplines that traditionally produce data experts; a homogenous data expert pool; and the ways that data is used to make impactful decisions in health, public administration, economics, education, and government.

Cain will present how the University of Oregon Libraries has used data services to help fulfill the University’s objectives of preparing students who are equipped to meet the needs of a data-intensive world, professionalize diverse data experts, and offer opportunities to students from non-traditionally represented disciplines and communities.

Biography: Jonathan Cain is the Interim Director of Digital Strategies at the University of Oregon Libraries and the founding Head, Data Services. In addition, he serves as the Associate Librarian for Planning, Public Policy, and Management. Jonathan is a trained tidyverse trainer and a certified Data Carpentry instructor. He holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute, an MA in Africana Studies from New York University, and a BS in Anthropology from College of Charleston. He believes in libraries as a platform for leadership higher education and works to center library workers as partners in research and student success. Jonathan is an active member of the open scholarship and data communities, contributing to OSAOS Handbook and planning OpenCon Cascadia, as well as the csv,conf,v4 and csv, conf,v5.

This talk observes Love Your Data Week 2020 (February 10 – February 14) and is followed by an introductory Data Analysis workshop. It is co-sponsored with Adelphi University Libraries and Adelphi University FCPE.


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Shafeek Fazal

Shafeek Fazal

Associate Dean for Library Technology, Discovery, & Digital Services at University Libraries
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