Ryan Clement

Ryan Clement

Data Services Librarian



I am currently the Data Services Librarian at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, VT. I’ve been here since the fall of 2015. Before that, I was the Data Services Librarian at Reed College, in Portland, OR.

As the Data Services Librarian, I provide general research and technology assistance to students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury, and specialized assistance to those working with data, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. I help with projects involving finding, acquiring, managing, interpreting, analyzing, and visualizing data. I also provide leadership in the development of digital scholarship support at the College. I have worked on support for text analysis, digitization, and qualitative data analysis.

I also serve as the subject specialist in the library for the anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, philosophy, and sociology departments, and serve as Middlebury’s Government Documents Coordinator. At Reed College, I served as the subject specialist for the psychology and philosophy departments.

In addition to my work with data services and digital scholarship support, I also work on library user experience, service design, and assessment. I am interested in critical perspectives on information literacy, data literacy, and data visualization.

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  • Information/Data Literacy
  • Data Visualization
  • Library Assessment
  • User Experience/Service Design
  • MSI in Library Science & Human-Computer Interaction, 2012

    University of Michigan School of Information

  • MA in Philosophy, 2006

    Temple University

  • BA in Pyschology & Comparative Literature, 2003

    University of Michigan


Data Services Librarian
Sep 2015 – Present Middlebury, Vermont
  • Head of the cross-campus digital scholarship team, MiddLab; former head of the Library User Experience team
  • Led a year-long self-study and report on the current and future scholarly computing landscape and needs across the institution
  • Analyze and visualize library statistics related to reference services, instruction/consultation, collections, and staffing
  • Provide specialized assistance to those working with data, particularly in the social sciences and humanities
  • Assist with projects involving finding, acquiring, managing, interpreting, analyzing, and visualizing both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Provide leadership in planning, support, and implementation of digital scholarship support
  • Create documentation, tutorials, workshops, and tools to support general and specialized research needs
  • Collaborate across departments to provide support for data-intensive research and teaching, including workshops, consultations, and review of research proposals and RDM strategies
  • Assist in work and policy development related to institutional open access repository and research data curation
  • Serve as a liaison to Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Sociology departments
  • Serve as Middlebury’s government documents coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program
Reed College
Data Services Librarian
Sep 2013 – Sep 2015 Portland, OR
  • Lead in planning, support, and implementation of data services. Created documentation and tutorials for research skills related to data discovery, analysis, and visualization.
  • Collaborated across departments to provide comprehensive support for data-intensive courses.
  • Assisted researchers in data management planning and execution, including the review of grant-required data management plans.
  • Investigated and developed strategies, workflows, and policies for institutional research data curation.
  • Served as a liaison to psychology and philosophy departments

Professional Development

Carpentries Instructor Training
Received certification to teach Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry workshops. Learned pedagogical concepts and evidence-based teaching practices such as crafting learning outcomes, live coding, formative assessment, and techniques for motivating diverse learners. Learned to apply these concepts to workshops teaching coding and data manipulation for novice learners.
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ACRL Assessment in Action workshop
Identified methods for connecting assessment projects to institutional goals and communicating their results. Learned how to apply action research methodology to personal and institutional assessment projects.
ACRL Immersion: Teacher Track
Learned to design meaningful instructional activities in a systematic fashion. Analyzed and assessed personal habits, motivations, and styles to improve instructional repetoire. Learned assessment techniques and strategies to improve practice and outcomes.
Data Carpentry
Learned tools such as OpenRefine, Python, and the Bash shell for use in data science. Learned about the Data Carpentry method and plan for instruction.
Providing Social Science Data Services (ICPSR Summer Workshop Series)
Learned methods for managing data collections, providing data reference services, research data management and curation, and building a sustainable data services program.

Recent Publications

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  • rkclement@gmail.com
  • 110 Storrs Ave, Middlebury, VT 05453
  • Enter Davis Family Library, find office LIB 211 along the southern wall of the main level
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