Curriculum Vitae

Lisa Federer, PhD, MLIS

Data Science and Open Science Librarian, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, National Library of Medicine


Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science
University of Maryland, 2019

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

Master of Arts in English
University of North Texas, 2004

Graduate Certificate in Data Science
Georgetown University, 2015

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

Employment Experience

Library Positions

Data Science and Open Science Librarian
National Library of Medicine, September 2018 – present

Research Data Informationist
National Institutes of Health Library, October 2013 – September 2018

Acting Chief, Education Services Branch
National Institutes of Health Library, April 2014 – September 2014

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

Non-Library Positions

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

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


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Federer, L.  (2016) Research data management in the age of big data: Roles and opportunities for librarians. Information Services & Use, 36(1-2): 35-43.

Federer, L.M., Lu, Y-L, Joubert, D.J. (2016). Data Literacy Training Needs of Biomedical Researchers. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA 104(1):52-7.

Federer, L.M., Lu, Y-L, Joubert, D.J., Welsh, J., Brandys, B. (2015). Biomedical Data Sharing and Reuse: Attitudes and Practices of Clinical and Scientific Research StaffPLoS ONE 10(6).

Bromley, E. G., May, F. P., Federer, L., Spiegel, B. M., & van Oijen, M. G. (2015). Explaining persistent under-use of colonoscopic cancer screening in African Americans: a systematic review. Prev Med., 71, 40-48.

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

Federer, L. M. (2013). Embedded with the Scientists: The UCLA Experience. Journal of eScience Librarianship, 2(1).

Starr, J., Willett, P., Federer, L., Horning, C., & Bergstrom, M. L. (2012). A collaborative framework for data management services: The experience of the University of California. Journal of eScience Librarianship, 1(2), 7.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Busby, B., Lesko, M., August 2015 and January 2016 Hacakathon Participants, & Federer, L. (2016). Closing gaps between open software and public data in a hackathon setting: User-centered software prototyping. F1000Research 5(672).

Federer, L. (2016).  Roles and Opportunities for Data Librarians in Research Teams. Doody’s Core Titles Featured Articles.

Federer, L. (2013). Uses for Twitter across disciplines and throughout the scientific process. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 6(1).


Federer, L, ed. (2016). The Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians.  Rowman & Littlefield.

Federer L. (2014). Exploring New Roles for Librarians: The Research Informationist. Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

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 – 2014

Medical Library Association, 2009 – present

MLA Futures Task Force member, December 2012 – June 2014
MLA Scholarship Jury, June 2012 – May 2013
Medical Informatics Section member, February 2010 – 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