Ryan Womack, Data Librarian

Ryan Womack
Data Librarian

New Brunswick Libraries
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-1163  USA

Tel: (848) 932-6107 Fax: (732) 932-1101

e-mail: rwomack at rutgers.edu
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Other contacts:
Twitter: @RyanData
Youtube: librarianwomack
Blog: RyanData.wordpress.com
github: ryandata
E-mail me to set up an in-person consultation.

Curriculum Vitae

CV in html or pdf format.


Since 2013, I serve as Data Librarian for the Rutgers University Libraries. Prior to this, I was Data and Economics Librarian, and prior to that, Business and Economics Librarian. Since 1999, I have been a member of the library faculty of Rutgers University-New Brunswick. I was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Librarian II in 2005. I hold an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and an M.S. in Statistics and Biostatistics from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

As of 2015, I serve as Head of the Research and Content Department in the New Brunswick Libraries, overseeing a unit that develops and implements research services and creates resources to support the researchers of the Rutgers community in New Brunswick, including teams focused on Graduate Services, Content, Research Data Outreach, Scholarly Communication, and Research Spaces.

My roles as Data Librarian encompass both public services for data and research data management. On the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus, I am responsible for data collections and Data Services, including acquisition of data sources, development of research guides, outreach and training for data, assisting students and faculty, and providing support for quantitative research across a range of disciplines. I am also responsible for the Libraries' Secure Data Facility. I am particularly interested in developing and supporting data literacy and statistical literacy.

With respect to research data, I work with researchers to provide guidance on data management and data sharing, and provide numeric and statistical data expertise to projects of RUcore. I was the leader of the RUresearch Data Team from 2011 to 2016.

I am also the subject specialist for and liaison to the Department of Economics, and the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. I manage the Libraries' collections, give instructional sessions, and help researchers and students locate information in these disciplines.

For the latest in data news, read and subscribe to my RyanData blog at RyanData.wordpress.com. I also maintain the Libraries' research guide for Data and for Economics.


This page highlights major publications. See the CV links above for complete and current publication details.

Selected Peer-reviewed Articles

Selected Additional Publications

Selected Presentations



I am an active member of IASSIST (the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology), serving as Secretary of the Association from 2015 to 2019.
On the national level, I was once active in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the American Library Association, including a term as Chair.
See my CV for further details of local activity.

homepage: http://ryanwomack.com

blog: http://ryandata.wordpress.com

Data: http://libguides.rutgers.edu/data

Economics: http://libguides.rutgers.edu/economics

last updated: 2016-06-25