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Research Data Services

Research Support

The librarians listed below are available to help answer your research questions. Feel free to reach out to us for:

  • One-on-one research consultations
  • Group training sessions for various research software (students, faculty, or staff)
  • Group workshops for specific techniques and tools 
  • Advise about increasing the visibility of your research
  • Advise about sponsored research and data management planning

RDS Specialist Librarians

Kevin Walker, PhD

Director of Research Data Services & Director of Branch Libraries   

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Management Planning
  • SPSS, Qualtrics, Tableau, and R

Liaison Areas: Government Information & Documents


Karleigh Riesen, MLS

Head of Information Services and Creative Media

  • Qualitative and Mixed-Method Research 
  • Reference Management Software
  • NVivo, Qualtrics, RefWorks, Zotero

Liaison Areas: Psychology & Social Work



Sarah Sahn, PhD

Coordinator of Library Instruction

  • Digital Humanities
  • Data Storytelling
  • Qualitative Analysis 
  • Bibliographic Management & Utilities
  • Zotero, Qualtrics

Liaison Areas: American Studies, Blount Program,
Gender & Race Studies, Honors College, New College



Vincent Scalfani, PhD

Chemistry and Informatics Librarian

  • Programmatic Data Harvesting
  • Scholarly APIs
  • Data Analysis and Visualization for STEM
  • MATLAB, LaTex, Python, Unix,

Liaison Areas: Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology,
Engineering - Chemical & Biological, Mathematics, Physics 



Sara Whitver, PhD Candidate

Digital Humanities Librarian

Liaison Areas: Digital Humanities, Creative Writing, English



Melissa Herzberg, MLS

Instructional Design Librarian

  • Educational Software
  • Canva
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • AI Teaching & Learning Tools
  • Learning Technology Accessibility


Mark Siciliano, MLS

Business Analytics Librarian

  • Business Data Sources
  • Data Visualization
  • WRDS, Tableau, Excel, SimplyAnalytics 

Liaison Areas: Accountancy, Management, Operations Management,
College of Information Systems, 
Statistics, & Management Science


Lance Simpson, MLIS

Assessment Librarian 

  • Project Management
  • Programmatic Data Access and APIs
  • Programmatic Data Analysis
  • Survey Methodology
  • Python, Bash/Unix Shell, Zotero, Qualtrics


Elaine Walker, MLIS

Scholarly Communications & Institutional Repository Librarian 

  • Scholarly Communications
  • UA Institutional Repository
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Data Management



Brittany Waltemate, MSIS

Research Data & Geographic Information Librarian

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geospatial Data, and Maps
  • Spatial Visualization and Analytics
  • Research Data Management and Data Management Plans (DMPs)
  • ArcGIS, QGIS, R & RStudio, GeoDa, RedCap, DMPTool

Liaison Areas: Geography & Geological Sciences