Emily Sherwood | Movers & Shakers 2020–Digital Developers

While earning her PhD in English, Emily Sherwood found herself drawn to "collaborative environments and interdisciplinary projects [rather than] to the solitary and focused scholarship more common in literary studies." This interest led to her current position at the Digital Scholarship Lab, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester (UR).

Sidsel Bech-Petersen

CURRENT POSITION

Director, Digital Scholarship Lab, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, NY 

DEGREE

PhD in English, the Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014

FAST FACT

“New York Data Carpentries Library Consortium,” 2019 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, $82,688

FOLLOW

@emilygwynne; esherwood.org; nydclc.github.io; dslab.lib.rochester.edu

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Data Literacy Leader

While earning her PhD in English, Emily Sherwood found herself drawn to "collaborative environments and interdisciplinary projects [rather than] to the solitary and focused scholarship more common in literary studies." This interest led to her current position at the Digital Scholarship Lab, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester (UR). In that role, says Lindsay Cronk, head of collection strategies at UR and a 2017 Mover & Shaker, Emily "is leading the charge to get library workers the data literacy skills they need to do the work required for the future of libraries."

As the founding lead of the New York Data Carpentries Library Consortium (NYDCLC), an Institute of Museum and Library Services–funded project, Sherwood partnered with colleagues at Colgate, Cornell, and Syracuse universities to deliver cost-free training to academic, public, and school librarians, using a train-the-trainer method. Consortium members have formed a community of practice that builds data skills, including accessing, analyzing, using, and visualizing data across different types of librarian settings.

Besides expanding skill-sharing for teaching and research, the consortium aims to meet the demand for digital fluency by working regionally across libraries and institutions, thus providing a template for libraries nationwide. Of her work, Sherwood simply states, "Mostly I brainstorm solutions to problems." In addition to coordinating the Digital Scholarship Lab and supporting digital literacy efforts, Sherwood has begun to lead campus conversations in scholarship using extended reality technologies. 

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