Blog Posts

On job applications and interviews

June 22, 2022

About three years back, I had posted some tips for job applicants on my old blog, which I am reposting here for convenience. After having been on search committees yet again, I am compelled to write up some additional thoughts. The tips in the earlier post are still valid. This time, I may be a bit more pointed and direct about just a few items. interview etiquette - thank you notes I know that no one really gets consistent instructions about interview etiquette anymore. ... Read more …

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About the Sackler verdict

September 4, 2021

I am still torn up by the Sackler verdict, which absolves the Sackler family of guilt for deceptively promoting addictive and ultimately deadly drugs in order to boost their all-American profits. The result was over 500,000 all-American corpses due to overdose, and the judicial system’s recent verdict has only awarded approximately enough money to cover the funeral expenses of these corpses. The Sacklers get to pay these expenses over a decade while keeping their fortunes intact and being shielded from further prosecution. ... Read more …

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ryandata blog migration

June 9, 2021

So, a couple of years ago, I wrote here to introduce the possibility of my blogging at this site. At that time, I said that I would be continuing to also post work-related announcements at Well, time has passed, and I am trying to simplify many things in my life. The need for a blog site announcing things has been superseded by the growing capabilities of our workshop calendar and the increasing accumulation of material on the graduate specialist libguide, in addition to supplemental resources like the graduate specialist github. ... Read more …

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May 17, 2021

I am very happy to be back with my IASSIST colleagues this week at IASSIST 2021, even if it is virtual rather than in sunny Gothenburg, Sweden, as we had hoped to be last year. My own presentation on May 20 has been “flipped” so that there will be more time for interactive discussion during the live session. I am encouraging anyone with interest in the development of our graduate specialist program to view the slides and videos linked below. ... Read more …

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Personal Statement

April 18, 2021

The image above is a wordcloud based on the word frequency in the personal statement that I used for promotion—my career in feline form. I was inspired by my colleague Francesca Giannetti’s post about the personal statement she used for her !successful! tenure applicaton at Rutgers. In her post, she discusses the benefit to be gained from sharing one’s own articulation of how one has built a professional identity in a new area of services. ... Read more …

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Unofficial and informal tips for job applicants

September 24, 2019

Having been involved in several hiring committees over recent years, it is sometimes a bit frustrating to not be able to give advice to applicants. We cannot do that in individual cases as a matter of HR policy. The decision-making process is confidential. But I hope that by offering some general observations I have made after reviewing many applications, that this might be of help to future seekers. We are, after all, trying to find the person who will provide the best job performance, not perform the best in the application process. ... Read more …

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July 27, 2019

My blog has been located at for many years. In the future, I will start posting about some of more personal thoughts about data and statistics directly on this site, but will continue to be the place for Rutgers-related announcements of workshops and data developments.

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