Interdisciplinary Research Workshop Teaching Team – Spring 2017

The Teaching Team:

Dana Neacsu, Ph.D., reference law librarian and lecturer-in-law, will coordinate, co-teach (or teach) and attend each workshop session.

In 2005 Dana Neacsu worked on introducing librarian-taught legal research to 1L & LLM CLS students, using her own book, Introduction to US Law and Legal Research (2005), with the LLM students. Ten years later she introduced Columbia Law students to interdisciplinary legal research bringing together a most extraordinary team of CU research librarians from across the campus.

Started in Spring 2015, this workshop continues along the same subjects. This semester-long  Interdisciplinary Legal Research Workshop like the Fall Weekly Tips in Case Law Research, aims to reach law students as they experience the need for research help, and offer it.

 Amanda Bielskas: Will co-teach Why Interdisciplinary Research in Law: Why Data Mining and Management  in Law (Week 1)

Amanda Bielskas is the Head of Collection of Collection Development for Science & Engineering Libraries at Columbia University and has been at Columbia since 2007.  She earned her M.L.S. at Long Island University, has a B.A. in Environmental Geology from SUNY Plattsburgh, and has a Masters degree in Anthropology from Hunter College.  She has recently co-authored a book with Kathleen Dreyer entitled: IM and SMS Reference Services for Librarians


 ianIan Beilin, Ph.D: Will co-teach Developing Research Strategies: Theories and Data. What Comes First (Week 2 )

Ian is Research Collections and Services Librarian. He holds a PhD in modern European history from Columbia University, an MSIS from the University at Albany, and a BA in German and History from the University of Michigan.


1476486770172Eric Glass: Will co-teach Developing Research Strategies: Theories and Data. What Comes First (Week 1 & 8 )

Eric Glass Digital Social Science Center Lehman Library; Eric is the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geography, cartography expert. He can help you  identify, find and describe spatial data resources for your research and projects, as well as provide assistance with GIS software.



354834aAmy Nurnberger: Will co-teach Week 3

As Research Data Manager, Amy’s primary role is to address the data life cycle needs of researchers through planning, outreach, and training. She also works to develop policies and best practices that enable research data management. Amy joins CDRS from The University of Texas at Austin where she received her M.S. in Information Studies in May 2012. While earning her degree she worked on various public service library projects at The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Before pursuing an education in information, Amy was a Validation Manager in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University.

Follow Amy on Twitter @DataAtCU



Alex Gil, Ph.D.: Will co-teach Introducing reference management tools (Week 4)
 Alex is Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries. B.A., Florida International University (2000), Ph.D., University of Virginia (2012). Alex specializes in twentieth-century Caribbean literature and Digital Humanities, with an emphasis on textual studies. He serves as Co-editor for Small Axe: Archipelagos and Multilingual Editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly. Alex  is actively engaged in several digital humanities projects at Columbia and around the world, including Ed, a digital platform for minimal editions of literary texts; the Open Syllabus Project; the Translation Toolkit; and, In The Same Boats, a visualization of trans-atlantic intersections of black intellectuals in the 20th century.

 markMark Newton: Will co-teach Collaboration and file management (Week5); Follow Mark on Twitter @libmark

Mark Newton is CDRS’ Director. At CDRS, Mark’s work focuses on the development of the library’s scholarly publications partnership program, the Academic Commons institutional repository, and a variety of faculty- and student-led digital scholarship projects. He currently serves on the project staff for Humanities CORE, an NEH-funded digital humanities project with the Modern Language Association, pairing repository infrastructure with the MLA Commons community hub. Mark completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and previously served as the Digital Collections Librarian at Purdue University.


Yasmin Saira: Will co-teach Data mining & interpretation – Business databases for lawyers (Week 9 & 10)

 Yasmin Saira is the Business Research Support & Collection Development Librarian at Watson Library of Business and Economics. She provides high-end research and data support in the business and economics fields. She also manages Watson’s collection for print and electronic books and journals

Fadi Dagher: Will  co-teach Data mining & interpretation– – how do you decide that you have the correct facts to support a legal theory?(Week, 6)

Fadi has an MLIS, MA in Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada, and MA in Higher and Post-Secondary Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. He provides assistance with researching topics in International Affairs, Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, or Sociology.