1 Course Overview

In today’s class, we’ll go over:

  • Who I am, my teaching philosophy
  • Who y’all are
  • The class structure, policies, & the syllabus

But first! Please fill out the initial self-assessment (my eyes only): https://goo.gl/forms/IFjgjYTn95UQ0jWw1 & this fun survey which I’ll use later on in class: https://goo.gl/forms/mzkTQh8JlvgP9YAN2

1.1 Introducing me

This is me! I’m Vicky Steeves and this is your co-instructor, Little Boss (LB for short):

White girl with short curly black hair and glasses

White girl with short curly black hair and glasses


I’m the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University, and I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor here at Pratt. My pronouns are she/her. Some basic facts about my professional background:

  • BS in Computer Science & Information Technology from Simmons College
  • MLIS from Simmons College
  • National Digital Stewardship Residency, 2014-2015 at the American Museum of Natural History
    • My project was to gain a broad overview of the extent and status of AMNH digital assets pertaining to Science. To do so I developed a structured interview guide designed to measure and describe scientific digital assets resulting in a metric to predict ongoing data curation needs.
  • Current position at NYU, 2015 - now
    • A dual appointment between NYU’s Division of Libraries and Center for Data Science. I support students, faculty, staff, and researchers in creating well-managed, high quality, and reproducible research.
    • My research centers on integrating reproducible practices into the research workflow, advocating openness in all facets of research (manuscripts, code, data, analysis tools, etc.), and building/contributing to open infrastructure. I have a great passion for community-owned, open source tools and infrastructure for reusable, reproducible, well-documented, and responsible sharing of research. I think a lot about the corporate capture of the scholarly record, and how my work in data management and reproducibility can either contribute to or disrupt that.
  • I am also the co-founder of the LIS Scholarship Archive, an open repository for library and information science scholarship.

I am a fairly laid-back instructor. I believe in balancing knowledge of best practices and theory with hands-on exercises to amplify understanding and build skill-sets in learners. I want to collaborate with learners on building a community within the classroom and in the field writ large.

If you’re interested in learning more about my background, ethics, interests, I just chatted with Thomas Padilla about it here: https://acrl.ala.org/dh/2018/04/04/repro/

1.2 Introduce y’all

Please share with the class:

  • Your name
  • Preferred pronouns (if comfortable doing so)
  • What you want to do after you graduate

Next round:

  • The best breakfast you’ve ever had in your life
  • If an extra-terrestrial civilization demanded an updated version of the Golden Voyager Record, what files would you upload?
  • 1 recommendation of a restaurant, movie, book, article, yoga position, album, broadway show, etc.

1.3 Introducing the class

I want to give everyone lots of opportunities for hands-on application work of the best practices we’ll discuss. As such, most classes will look like this:

  • 00:00 - 00:45: Student-led discussion of readings
  • 00:45 - 01:45: Lecture
  • 01:45 - 02:00: Break
  • 02:00 - 03:00: Exploratory lab/activity

Now, let’s look at the syllabus!

1.4 Homework

  1. Bring in a piece of data that’s not digital. We’ll discuss this at the beginning of next class.
  2. Send me two weeks when you’d like to faciliate discussion. If everyone asks for the same weeks, I’ll have to make some decisions for folks.
  3. Do the readings & be prepared to discuss them.