Member of the Week: Kristin A. Briney

Kristin Briney

Kristin BrineyKristin A. Briney is the data services librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With her background in data management, she recently joined the presenter team for ACRL’s new licensed workshop Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM Into Your Liaison Work. Kristin has been an ACRL member since 2016 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 30, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Data management evangelist.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently reading Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie and can’t wait to start Mary Robinette Kowal’s new book Ghost Talkers.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership, community, learning.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the connections I make with my peers and how much I am able to learn from them. In particular, the Digital Curation Interest Group has been a resource for connecting with other librarians in my area of data management; such peer networks are incredibly important when one works in a newer subfield of librarianship. I also really value publications coming out under the umbrella of ACRL, such as the recent book Databrarianship. There are lots of people doing great data things through ACRL and I’m pleased that I get to learn from them and contribute.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I’m the main data management person on my campus, meaning I spend time teaching graduate students how to better their data practices (through strategic use of real life data horror stories), answer questions on data management plans and data sharing, host workshops on a number of data-related topics, and try to build a better research support network on campus. I also work in the scholarly communications and digital preservation space and try to push the goal a little further on these two issues. Basically, I help with anything on the research data spectrum from data creation to open data.

6. In your own words: I love being on the edge of what the library is doing, though it can be challenging at times—especially as I am starting new services. I have learned a lot and made mistakes, but having good coworkers both inside the library and out of it has made a huge difference. My greatest successes have come from adversity, such as making progress on digital preservation without a formal preservation system and making data management videos to reach out to our many students that never set foot in the library (or even on campus!). It’s a fun time to be doing data work in the library and I’m lucky to have a good support system here to encourage me in this challenge.

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