Katherine Akers

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260A Hatcher S, Ann Arbor, MI
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eScience Librarian and CLIR Fellow


Katherine is helping the library develop new services and infrastructure to support the management of research data on campus. Working alongside science and spatial and numeric data librarians, Katherine is investigating avenues of data publication for researchers, exploring potential relationships between the library and data repositories, creating a data training program for subject librarians, and providing outreach and instruction on research data management and scientific publishing to graduate students and faculty. 


Katherine holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Neurosciences & Mental Health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She conducted research on connections between brain and behavior, with projects focusing on how early life experience influences brain development, how organisms spatially navigate through their environment, and how new neurons generated during adulthood play a role in learning and memory. By becoming a CLIR fellow in Academic Libraries, Katherine is able to use her background in psychology and neuroscience research to help improve how scientific information is created and disseminated within the academic community. She was previously a CLIR fellow and eScience librarian at Emory University in Atlanta.

Recent Publications and Presentations

K.G. Akers. (2013). Looking out for the little guy: Small data curation. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 39(3): 58-59.

I. Kouper, K.G. Akers, N.H. Nicholls, F.C. Sferdean (2013). A roadmap for data services. Presentation at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. 

J. Doty, K.G. Akers (2013). Faculty practices and perspectives on research data management. Presentation at the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit.

K. Akers, L. Jahnke, E. Shore, C. Williford. (2013). Mapping data curation for new scholars and scientists: Expanding the curriculum for the CLIR postdoctoral fellowship program. Presentation at the Spring Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Membership Meeting.

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