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Thursday, April 11 • 1:05pm - 1:20pm
Collaboration between Data Scientist and Librarian/Project Manager

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This is a solo presentation designed to illustrate the way data science techniques can be used to make practical decisions in managing a project. The genesis of the collaboration occurred when the librarian/project manager and data scientist began working together in the library setting and explored possibilities of integrating data science into library data gathering and analysis, to foster informed decision-making.

The collaboration became a reality when the librarian/project manager was faced with moving the 1.675 million book collection out of the main library for a major renovation project. She formed a Data Working Group comprised of the data scientist, two library employees skilled at gathering relevant data, and herself. The Group analyzed the large library collection to aid the Alderman Renovation Collections Group in determining which books should remain on-campus during the renovation and which could be located at and retrieved from the Library’s off-site facility.

The end result was the creation of a picklist for the books remaining on-campus and it has been given to the vendor who will actually do the move. This was completed at the end of December 2018 and was the key element to the successful resolution of managing the collection during the expected three-year renovation when the large, main library will be closed.

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Esther Onega

Senior Project Manager for Alderman Renovation, University of Virginia Library
Ms. Onega has worked at the UVA Library since 1997, in a variety of librarian and project management positions. She received her MLS from University of Maryland and her Project Management certificate from the University of Virginia. Her strengths include a thorough knowledge of the... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 1:05pm - 1:20pm EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA