Announcing the 2015 DLF + FORCE11 Cross-Pollinator

FORCE11 and DLF are pleased to support one travel grant for the FORCE2016 Research Communication and e­Scholarship Conference, to be held April 17-19, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Cross-Pollinator, Joshua Finnell!

Joshua Finnell
Scholarly Communications Librarian, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Joshua Finnell is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Previous to holding this appointment, Joshua served as a Humanities Librarian at Denison University in Ohio, and Assistant Professor of Library Science at McNeese State University. Named a 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Joshua was called a thoughtful generalist continually working across the spectrum of librarianship – from cataloging to digital humanities. His work has appeared in Library Philosophy and Practice, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and New Library World. He is currently the co-chair of strategic problem solving for Library Pipeline and serves on the board of directors for Make Santa Fe.

The purpose of this grant is to extend the opportunity to attend FORCE2016 to a digital library practitioner who would not typically go, but who can envision and articulate a connection with their work and who sees great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network.

In Joshua’s own words:

“I was recently appointed Scholarly Communications Librarian at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this capacity, I will help guide the Lab’s efforts in creating a robust data management plan for National Science Foundation and Department of Energy research grants.

Los Alamos has long been a member of the DLF, but participation from the library staff has been limited in past years. In discussion with my director, Dee Magnoni, I would like to rebuild a bridge from Los Alamos National Laboratory to DLF while also cross-pollinating with the energy and ideas emanating from Force11.

My experience is grounded in the digital humanities, so my foray into building a scholarly communications initiative for physicists and engineers will bring both challenges and opportunities. I envision building partnerships within Force11 and joining working groups surrounding data management and altmetrics. This experience will directly influence policy and management development at Los Alamos.

In addition, I hope to engage with the DLF community in Milwaukee as Los Alamos begins the work of building the digital infrastructure necessary for our disseminating and preserving the data generated by lab scientists, engineers, and researchers. With a diverse background straddling both the humanities and sciences, and a sustained record of community building, I believe I can contribute to both Force11 and DLF while gaining valuable experience for my own institutional initiatives.”

Congratulations, Joshua!

We invite you to learn more about the DLF’s growing number of Cross-Pollinator Awards here.