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Brian Westra: Data Services Librarian

Data Services Librarian

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Brian Westra
100 Main Library (LIB)
125 West Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420
Subjects: Data Management

About Brian Westra

Brian Westra is the Data Services Librarian for the UI Libraries. He works with the Libraries and campus partners to support researchers in good data management, from planning before a project, to managing data during research, to preserving, curating, and sharing or publishing research data.


M.S.I., Library and Information Services, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
B.A., Biology, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Selected Publications

Parham S, Carlson J, Hswe P, Westra B, Whitmire A. Using Data Management Plans to Explore Variability in Research Data Management Practices Across Domains. International Journal of Digital Curation. 2016 October 05; 11(1):53-67.

Carlson J, Johnston L, Westra B. Data Information Literacy. Carlson J, Johnston L, editors. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press; 2014. Developing the Data Information Literacy Project: Approach and Methodology. 272p.

Carlson J, Johnston L, Westra B, Nichols M. Developing an Approach for Data Management Education: A Report from the Data Information Literacy Project. International Journal of Digital Curation. 2013 June 14; 8(1):204-217.

Westra B. Data Services for the Sciences: A Needs Assessment. Ariadne. 2010 July; (64).

Selected Presentations

Westra, B. (2016). “Data Librarianship and Small Collections Support.” iDigBio Symposium: An International Conversation on Mobilizing Natural History Collections (NHC) Data and Integrating Data for Research. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections 31st Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany

Parham, S., Carlson, J., Hswe, P., Westra, B., and Whitmire, A. (2016). “Using data management plans to explore variability in research data management.” Paper presented at the International Digital Curation Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Whitmire, A., Hswe, P. and Westra, B. (2015). “Data management plans as a research tool.” Digital Library Federation Forum, L Forum, October 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Carlson, J., Fosmire, M., Stowell‐Bracke, M., Sapp Nelson, M., Westra, B., Walton, D., Johnston, L., Jeffryes, J., Wright, S., and Andrews, C. (2013). Two‐day workshop for the Data Information Literacy Symposium, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Grants and Research

Analysis of Data Management Plans as a Means to Inform and Empower Academic Librarians in Providing Research Data Support
LG-07-13-0328 (Whitmire)  09/01/2013 - 08/31/2017
Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Leadership Grant

Educating the New Generation of E‐Scientists through Developing a Data Information Literacy Curriculum
LG-07-11-0232-11 (Carlson)   09/01/2011 - 08/31/2014
Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Leadership Grant