Ryan Womack is Data Librarian at Rutgers University.

rwomack at rutgers.edu (Rutgers)
ryan at ryanwomack.com (non-Rutgers)



Social Media:
@ryandata@mastodon.social … gave up on toxic Twitter

RyanData.wordpress.com … and here



Curriculum Vitae

CV in html or pdf format.


Since 2013, I serve as Data Librarian for the New Brunswick Libraries, part of 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. In 2019, I was promoted to the rank of Librarian I (equivalent to Full Professor). 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 Data Librarian for Rutgers-New Brunswick, 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 particularly interested in developing and supporting data literacy and statistical literacy.

I am 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

  • Mei Ling Lo, Li Sun, Ryan Womack, Connie Wu, and Tao Yang. “Celebrating Diversity, Welcoming the World: Developing Chinese Webpages at Rutgers University Libraries”, 2009. CALA Occasional Papers Series, no. 5, June 2009.
  • Ryan Womack (Editor), Success by the Numbers: Statistics for Business Development. Chicago: Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association, 2005. (RUSA Occasional Paper, number 28).
  • Ryan Womack, “High Speed, High Price, High Demand: Business Internet Resources and Databases in American Academic Libraries”, Proceedings of Central Asia 2002: Internet and Library, Information Resources in Science, Culture, Education, and Business, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, October 2002, pp. 37-41.

Selected Presentations

  • “Big Data, Data Visualization, and Reproducible Research”, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 12, 2017.
  • “Data in Libraries: Data Processing and Visualization”, Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association, online, , May 4, 2017 [repeated November 2, 2017].
  • “Enhancing Understanding Through Data Visualization”, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, December 5, 2016.
  • “Putting Reproducibility into Practice: Workflows and Case Studies”, Rutgers Workshop on Reproducibility in Experimental and Computational Science, Piscataway, NJ, October 10, 2016.
  • ”(a bit about) Data Visualization”], ICPSR Biennial Meeting, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 2, 2015.

Selected Workshops


I am an active member of IASSIST (the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology), and served 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.

Last updated 2020-05-28