UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The University Libraries announced the appointment of Sarah Pickle as the Social Sciences Data Curation Fellow, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship offered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Pickle will join Penn State’s Publishing and Curation Services Department in the Libraries, beginning Aug. 25, to work on an assessment and understanding of restricted-use data needs for social science researchers as well as provide data management services support.
According to Lisa German, associate dean for Collections Information and Access Services, “Pickle will collaborate with librarians, technologists and researchers, primarily in the social sciences, on building out a program of services for the lifecycle management of social science research data, including restricted data.”
Patricia Hswe, digital content strategist and head of ScholarSphere user services, noted, “Pickle will help us explore the further development of ScholarSphere as a data repository, especially for data that otherwise have no institutional, organizational or domain-specific base, in an effort to expand its state-of-the-art preservation technology, flexible access and permission levels, and robust file versioning capability.”
Prior to her appointment, Pickle was an analyst at Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural and publishing communities in making the transition to the digital environment. Her work focused on the sustainability of digital resources in academic and cultural sectors, and she was part of a team exploring open access models for scholarly publishing. She was one of the authors of the recent Ithaka S+R report, “Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase.” Before joining Ithaka S+R, Pickle was a teaching assistant in comparative literature and in German studies at Cornell University.