Research Data Management/Curation Lead and Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy

Science/Engineering Library; 108 Walter Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55105


As the Research Data Management/Curation Lead and co-director of the University Digital Conservancy I coordinate the library's efforts around research data management, access, and archiving. This includes leading the Data Repository for the U of M. My research areas of focus are data management services, digital repository infrastructure, scientific data curation, citation analysis, and data curation techniques to increase longterm access and reuse of digital data.

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Digital Archives Specialization (DAS) from the Society of American Archivists, 2014

Masters of Library Science, Indiana University, 2007

Bachelors of Science in Astrophysics, Indiana University, 2003

Awards & Grants

Principal Investigator, Planning the Data Curation Network, Sloan 2016-2017
Co-PI Data Information Literacy, IMLS 2011-2014

Selected Presentations & Publications

edited by Lisa R. Johnston for Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), January 2017

Data Information Literacy: Librarians, Data, and the Education of a New Generation of Researchers, Eds. J. Carlson and L. Johnston. (2015). Purdue University Press: West Lafayette, IN. Press site.

Johnston, Lisa R. (2014). A Workflow Model for Curating Research Data in the University of Minnesota Libraries: Report from the 2013 Data Curation Pilot. University Digital of Minnesota Conservancy. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,

Jeffryes, J. and Johnston, L. (2013). "An E-Learning Approach to Data Information Literacy Education." Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference (Atlanta).

Johnston, Lisa; Lafferty, Meghan; and Petsan, Beth (2012) "Training Researchers on Data Management: A Scalable, Cross-Disciplinary Approach," Journal of eScience Librarianship: Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 2.

Johnston, L., Jensen, K. (2009). MapHappy: A user-centered approach to geospatially displaying library map collections with a Google Maps Mashup. Journal of Geography and Map Libraries. Volume 5, Issue 2 (July 2009), p. 114-130.

See more at my profile in the University Digital Conservancy