Curriculum Vitae

Lisa Federer, MLIS, MA, AHIP

Research Data Informationist
NIH Library
National Institutes of Health


Master of Library & Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles, 2011

Master of Arts in English
University of North Texas, 2004
Thesis: Ghosts and Lovers: Stories (with a critical preface on narrative unreliability)

Bachelor of Arts in French
University of North Texas, 2005
Study abroad at Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in Psychology
University of North Texas, 2002
Cum Laude

Library Employment

Research Data Informationist and Acting Chief, Education Services Branch
NIH Library, National Institutes of Health, October 2013 – present

  • Design a curriculum of data management training to meet the diverse needs of the NIH community, including scientific staff, postdoctoral fellows, grant administrators, and others
  • Provide data services upon request to NIH staff, such as creating customized data catalogs, locating and processing existing datasets for re-use, and consulting on deployment of taxonomies and controlled vocabularies
  • Participate in the development of new data-related policies, practices, and programs as a member of the trans-NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative

Research Informationist
University of California, Los Angeles Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, July 2011 – September 2013

  • As liaison to departments of Medicine, Public Health, and Psychology, marketed library services to faculty and students, guided collection development, and designed programs and services
  • Conducted instructional sessions on topics including literature searching in key biomedical databases, data management, scholarly communications and publishing, copyright and open access, and EndNote and Mendeley for classes of up to 350 students
  • Provided guidance and support for researchers in data management and curation, data sharing, and NIH Public Access Policy

Public Service Assistant
University of California, Los Angeles Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, April 2010 – June 2011

Metadata Intern
University of Southern California Norris Medical Library, January – March 2011

Instruction Design Intern
RAND Corporation, September – November 2010

Medical Library Intern
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Library, June – August 2010

Additional  Experience

Adjunct Instructor of English
North Lake College, August 2004 – May 2009           

Adjunct Instructor of English
University of North Texas, January 2003 – May 2009

Selected Publications

Federer, L. (2014) Exploring New Roles for Librarians: The Research Informationist.  San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool.

Federer, L. (2013) “The librarian as research informationist: a case study.” Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA 101 (4): 298.  

Federer, Lisa M.  (2013) “Embedded with the Scientists: The UCLA Experience.” Journal of eScience Librarianship 2(1): Article 3.

Starr, Joan; Willett, Perry; Federer, Lisa; Horning, Claudia; and Bergstrom, Mary Linn. (2012). “A Collaborative Framework for Data Management Services: The Experience of the University of California.” Journal of eScience Librarianship 1(2): Article 7.

Selected Presentations

Invited Talks

New Roles for the 21st Century.  Association of Research Libraries Fall Forum, Washington, DC, October 11-12, 2012.


PSR Outreach Awards and Other Funding Opportunities.  Midday at the Oasis, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, February 20, 2013.  Recording available at

I Survived the NIH Grant Writing Experience.  Midday at the Oasis, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, August 15, 2012.  Recording available at


The Challenges and Opportunities of Providing Research Data Services: Perspectives From a Cross-section of Institutions.  Digital Library Federation Forum, Denver, CO, November 4-5, 2012.  See handout and community crowd-sourced notes.

Pitching Data Services to Translational Researchers: A Pilot Project.  Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 18-23, 2012.


All It Takes Is One: Single Session Data Literacy Instruction.  Medical Library Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, May 5-8, 2013.

A Whole New Ballgame: Data Services in the Library.  Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 18-23, 2012.

Evidence-Based Practice at the Bedside: The Librarian’s Role in Promoting EBP Mobile Apps.  Information Treasure Hunt: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice at Your Institution – Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, March 2, 2012.

Memberships and Committees

Academy of Health Information Professionals, 2011 – present

American Public Health Association, 2012 – present

Medical Library Association, 2009 – present

MLA Futures Task Force member, December 2012 – present
MLA Scholarship Jury, June 2012 – May 2013
Medical Informatics Section member, February 2010 – present
Research Section member, May 2012 – present

Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona, 2009 – 2013

MLGSCA/NCNMLG 2013 Joint Meeting speaker committee chair, May 2012 – August 2013
Blog committee chair, July 2012 – June 2013
Web committee member, July 2011 – June 2012

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