WU Libraries Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore joined the staff of WU Libraries in 2011 as anthropology subject librarian. In 2012, she took on additional responsibilities as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) outreach librarian. In 2014, she became program faculty in International Areas Studies. The following year, she was promoted to GIS and Data Projects Manager & Anthropology Librarian. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork City, Ireland. Before coming to WU, Jennifer worked at the Richmond Heights Memorial Library.

Tell us about your job. As GIS and Data Projects Manager, I work with faculty, students, and staff on their projects. I may complete a project for them or help them launch their own work, or I may manage their project by including team members with complementary skills. I also manage a few behind-the-scenes projects, including the GIS side of Mapping LGBTQ STL and the georeferencing of the Whipple maps collection. I also teach the Introduction to GIS class in the University College GIS certificate program and provide GIS instruction to individuals and classes during the day. My work as anthropology librarian sometimes crosses over with my project-manager role, as in the case of the Digital Baboon Project, which led me to work on preservation standards for digital 3D data. Additionally, as anthropology librarian, I provide the department with collection management, research, and instruction services.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I love working in collaboration with others. I also love seeing project goals realized and helping individuals build the skills and confidence they need to accomplish their goals.

How did you become interested in research data? I took a course in library school called “Current Topics in Collection Development,” taught by Dorothea Salo. She introduced the topic of data curation to our class. It had great resonance and influenced the trajectory of my career.

What do you like to do in your free time? I’m the mother of a nine-year-old and a nine-month-old, which pretty much dominates my free time. My family just moved into our first home, which has also been time consuming. My husband and I both enjoy music and especially love attending New Music Circle events. I am civic-minded and like to be involved with my community when possible.

Have you read anything good lately? I’ll be leading one of the Common Reading Program groups, so Frankenstein is currently on my bedside table, along with Home by Marilynne Robinson and The New Yorker. I love short stories.

— By Julie Hale

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