Shannon Farrell, she/her/hers Interim Research Data Services Librarian and Co-Director of AgEcon Search

Position title
Interim Research Data Services Librarian and Co-Director of AgEcon Search
Libraries department
Open Research & Publishing
Subject Librarian for
Applied Economics


Shannon Farrell is the Interim Research Data Services Librarian and Co-Director of AgEcon Search. Shannon received her BS in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Minnesota, a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before becoming a librarian, she spent over a decade working on large-scale, data intensive research projects related to ecology, animal behavior, molecular biology, systematics, entomology, sustainable agriculture, genetically modified organisms, wildlife conservation, water quality, and invasive species.

Shannon leads the University Libraries' Research Data Services Team, which is a group that is focused on campus-wide education and consultation around data management and data sharing. She is also a scientific data curator for the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) and Co-Director of AgEcon Search, an open access repository that houses scholarly research in the fields of agricultural and applied economics.


MS Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

MS Environmental Studies, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland)

BS Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Selected presentations and publications

Kelly, Julia A., Farrell, Shannon L., Hendrickson, Lois G., Luby, James, and Mastel, Kristen L. (2022). A critical literature review of historic scientific analog data: Uses, successes, and challenges. Data Science Journal, 21(1), p.14. doi:

Farrell, Shannon L., Hendrickson, Lois G., Mastel, Kristen L. and Kelly, Julia A. (2020). Historical scientific analog data: Life sciences faculty’s perspectives on management, reuse and preservation. Data Science Journal 19: 51, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.5334/dsj-2020-051

Marsolek, Wanda, Cooper, Kristen, Riegelman, Amy, Farrell, Shannon L., Kelly, Julia A. (2020). Faculty perceptions of grey literature: A qualitative analysis of faculty interviews. The Grey Journal. 16(3).

Cooper, Kristen, Marsolek, Wanda, Riegelman, Amy, Farrell, Shannon L. and Kelly, Julia A. (2019). Grey literature: Use, creation, and citing habits of faculty researchers across disciplines. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 

Farrell, Shannon L. and Kelly, Julia A. (2018). Identifying potential solutions to increase discoverability and reuse of analog datasets on campus. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. 18 (winter). doi: 10.5062/F4PC30NR. 

Marsolek, Wanda, Cooper, Kristen, Farrell, Shannon L., and Kelly, Julia A. (2018). The types, frequencies, and findability of disciplinary grey literature within prominent subject databases and academic institutional repositories. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 6. doi: 10.7710/2162-3309.2200.

LeMire, Sarah, Graves, Stephanie J., Farrell, Shannon L. and Mastel, Kristen L. (2018). Outreach and Engagement. SPEC Kit 361. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries. 198pp. Available at:

Farrell, Shannon L., Neeser, Amy E., and Bishoff, Carolyn. (2017). Academic uses of video games: A qualitative assessment of research and teaching needs at a large research university. College & Research Libraries. 78(5) pp. 676-705. 

Farrell, Shannon L. and Kristen Mastel. (2016). Considering outreach assessment: Strategies, sample scenarios, and a call to action. In the Library with the Lead Pipe