Natsuko H. Nicholls
Natsuko Hayashi Nicholls is a CLIR/DLF Data Curation Fellow, Associate Librarian, and a full-time researcher affiliated with the Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services. Since the summer of 2012, Natsuko has been involved in developing and implementing library data services.
Natsuko has a Master’s Degree in Law and Politics from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She has published both in Japanese and English on a variety of topics to include; Japanese Foreign policy, International Relations, Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in Post-conflict Areas, and most recently on Scholarly Communication, Digital Publishing, and Affordability and Usability of Electronic Textbooks.
After joining the University of Michigan Library in 2009, the majority of her time and effort has been dedicated to textbook initiatives at the University of Michigan Library. Her research orientation and knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methodological techniques has enabled her to conduct several textbook-related studies that examine and assess a wide range of potential roles the Library can play in increasing textbook affordability for the Michigan scholarly community.
Since July 2012, as a CLIR/DLF Data Curation Fellow, Natsuko has utilized her familiarity with data organization and management as an integral part of the research process which originated and advanced during her years as a graduate student at the University of Michigan's Department of Political Science.
Natsuko most recently served as a Project Manager for the campus-wide eTextbook Initiative led by the University Library. She currently serves as a member of Research Lifecycle Committee and ORCID Task Force.