Shanda Hunt, she/her/hers Data Librarian

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Full position title(s)
Research Data Education & Outreach Librarian
Libraries department
Open Research & Publishing


Shanda Hunt, MPH, is the Research Data Education & Outreach Librarian. Shanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She was a research coordinator at the School of Public Health before taking on a new career in the University Libraries in 2016 as the Public Health & Data Curation Librarian. In 2023, Shanda transitioned to a Data Librarian position where she partners with the broader university community in her roles as data curator for the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) and member of the Research Data Services Team. These groups lead campus education and outreach around data management, sharing, and curation. Most recently, this team is working to provide education, avenues, and a campus-coordinated response to the NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy. Learn more at

Areas of interest

Data sharing and management, qualitative research methods, gray literature, library outreach and networking

Select publications and presentations

Smith, M. K., Xu, R. H., Hunt, S. L., Wei, C., Tucker, J. D., Tang, W., Luo, R., Xue, H., Yang, L., Bin, Y., Li, L., Joyner, B., and Sylvia, S. Y. (2020). Combating HIV stigma in low- and middle-income health care settings: a scoping review. Journal of the International AIDS Society. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25553.

McBurney, J., Hunt, S. L., Gyendina, M., Brown, S. J., Wiggins, B., Nackerud, S. (2020). Evaluation of Library Research Sprints as a Tool to Engage Faculty and Promote Collaboration. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 20(2), 305-338. doi:10.1353/pla.2020.0016.

Aspinall, E. E., Hunt, S. L., Theis-Mahon, N. R., Chew, K. V., Olawski, E. (2020). Addressing disparities in physician access to information in support of evidence-based practice. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1723049

Wiggins, B., Hunt, S. L., McBurney, J., Younger, K., Peper, M., Brown, S., Albin, T., and Orozco, R., (2019). Research Sprints: A New Model of Support. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 45(4), 420-422. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2019.01.008

Theis-Mahon, N., Hunt, S. L., and Forbes, N. (2018). Online health information use, assessment, and gaps identified by Minnesotans. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 22(4), 295-312. doi: 10.1080/15398285.2018.1523654

Hunt, S. L., and Bakker, C. J. (2018). Qualitative analysis of the information science needs of public health researchers in an academic setting. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 106(2). doi: 10.5195/jmla.2018.316

Rosser, B. R. S., Hunt, S. L., Capistrant, B. D., Kohli, N., Konety, B. R., Mitteldorf, D., West, W. G. (2017). Understanding prostate cancer in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender women: A review of the literature. In J. Ussher, J. Perz & B. R. S. Rosser (Eds.), Gay and bisexual men living with prostate cancer: From diagnosis to recovery. New York, NY. Harrington Park Press.