Sara Mannheimer

Montana State University     P.O. Box 173320     Bozeman, MT     59717       @saramannheimer



MS in Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
Thesis — Providing context to web collections: a survey of Archive-It users

BA in Literature, Bard College, 2003



Assistant Professor, Data Librarian
Montana State University, 2014-present

Dryad Digital Repository, 2013-2014

Archival Processor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011-2013



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Mannheimer S, Pienta A, Kirilova D, Elman C, Wutich A (2018) Qualitative Data Sharing: Data Repositories and Academic Libraries as Key Partners in Addressing Challenges. American Behavioral Scientist.
[Open access version via SocArxiv]

Young SWH, Mannheimer S, Rossmann D, Swedman D, Shanks J (2018) Assessing and Improving Library Technology with Service Blueprinting. Journal of eScience Librarianship 7(2): e1134.

Baucom E, Troup T, Cote C, Mannheimer S (2017) Building strategic alliances to support advocacy and planning for digital preservation. Journal of Digital Media Management 6(2): 182-194.
[Open access version via MSU ScholarWorks]

Tennant JP, Dugan JM, Graziotin D, Jacques DC, Waldner F, Mietchen D, Elkhatib Y, Collister LB, Pikas CK, Crick T, Masuzzo P, Caravaggi A, Berg DR, Niemeyer KE, Ross-Hellauer T, Mannheimer S, Rigling L, Katz DS, Tzovaras BG, Pacheco-Mendoza J, Fatima N, Poblet M, Isaakidis M, Irawan DE, Renaut S, Madan CR, Matthias L, Kjær JN, O’Donnell DP, Neylon C, Kearns S, Selvaraju M, Colomb J (2017) A multi-disciplinary perspective on emergent and future innovations in peer review. F1000Research 2017(6): 1151.

Mannheimer S, Cote C (2017) Cultivate, assess, advocate, implement, and sustain: a five-point plan for successful digital preservation collaborations. Digital Library Perspectives 33(2).
[Open access version via MSU ScholarWorks]

Mannheimer S, Hull, EA (2017) Sharing selves: developing an ethical framework for curating social media data. International Journal of Digital Curation 12(2).

Mannheimer S, Young SWH, Rossmann D (2016) Improving services — at what cost? Examining the ethics of Twitter research at the Montana State University Library. Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society.

Mannheimer S, Sterman LB, Borda S (2016) Discovery and reuse of open datasets: an exploratory study. Journal of eScience Librarianship 5(1): e1091.

Mannheimer S, Young SWH, Rossmann D (2016) On the ethics of social network research in libraries. Journal of Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society 14(2): 139-151.
[Open access version via MSU ScholarWorks]

Mannheimer S, Yoon A, Greenberg J, Feinstein E, Scherle R (2014) A balancing act: the ideal and the realistic in Dryad’s preservation policy development. First Monday 19(8).



Sheehan J, Arlitsch K, Mannheimer S, Knobel C, Llovet P (2015) Data-intensive science and campus IT. EDUCAUSE Review.

Mannheimer S (2014) Ready, engage! Outreach for library data services. ASIS&T Bulletin 41(1): 42–44.



Mannheimer S, Banta R (2018) Personal digital archiving as a bridge to research data management: theoretical and practical approaches to teaching research data management skills for undergraduates. In: Marshall BH, editor. The complete guide to personal digital archiving. Chicago: ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman.
[Open access version via MSU ScholarWorks]



Mannheimer S, Marshall B, Rolando L, editors (2015) RDAP special section, ASIS&T Bulletin 41(6).



Mannheimer S, Sterman LB, Borda S (2016) Cited/downloaded dataset and repository characteristics [dataset]. Montana State University ScholarWorks.

Clark JA, Llovet P, Mannheimer S, Sheehan J (2016) Montana State University research data census instrument, version 2. Montana State University ScholarWorks.

Arlitsch K, Clark JA, Hager B, Heetderks T, Llovet P, Mannheimer S, Mazurie A, Sheehan J, Sterman L (2015) Montana State University research data census instrument, version 1. Montana State University ScholarWorks.

Vision T, Scherle R, Mannheimer S (2013) Embargo selections of Dryad data authors [dataset]. Figshare.



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A Prototype for the Institutional Research Data Index (June 2018) Co-presented and co-authored with Jason A. Clark and James Espeland. Open Repositories; Bozeman, Montana.

Make the plan, work the plan: measuring the impact of DMPs on data management and data sharing practices (March 2018) Research Data Access and Preservation Summit; Chicago, Illinois.

Library data: ethics and privacy considerations (June 2017) Part of the panel “Collecting library data: policies and data management procedures for improvement,” with Abigail Goben, Kristin Briney, and Jenica Rogers. ALA Annual; Chicago, Illinois.

Big data for all: toward ethical big data sharing (April 2017) Co-authored with Elizabeth Hull. Research Data Access and Preservation Summit; Seattle, Washington.

Digital preservation partnerships: extending resources and expanding knowledge through collaboration (November 2016) Co-presented with Tammy Troup. Co-authored with Tammy Troup and Conor Cote. Digital Library Federation Forum; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The man in the machine: digital labor ethics for academic research (November 2016) Co-presented and co-authored with Scott W. H. Young. Digital Library Federation Forum; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Putting the “I” in data: the ethics of using human-generated data as a research tool (September 2016) Co-authored with Scott W. H. Young and Doralyn Rossmann. SciDataCon; Denver, Colorado.

Working across cultures: data librarian as knowledge broker (May 2016) Research Data Access and Preservation Summit; Atlanta, Georgia.

Dataset optimization for institutional repositories (October 2015) Co-authored with Leila Belle Sterman and Susan Borda. Digital Library Federation Forum; Vancouver, British Columbia.

“This is just for me:” researchers on their data documentation practices (April 2015) Part of the panel “Beyond metadata: supporting non-standardized documentation to facilitate data reuse,” with Lizzy Rolando, Sarah Pickle, and Kristin Briney. Research Data Access and Preservation Summit; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Open data in education: how to harness the power of open resources (April 2015. Co-authored and co-presented with Leila Belle Sterman. Montana Library Association Conference; Bozeman, Montana.

Using sentiment analysis of Twitter to develop strategies for library data sharing partnerships (December 2014) Co-authored and co-presented with Scott W. H. Young. Coalition for Networked Information Fall Membership Meeting; Washington, D.C.

#Win or #Fail: measuring researcher attitudes toward open data using sentiment analysis of Twitter (October 2014) Co-authored with Scott W. H. Young and James Espeland. Digital Library Federation Forum; Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s a real world: developing preservation policy for Dryad (March 2014) Co-presented with Ayoung Yoon. Co-authored with Ayoung Yoon, Elena Feinstein, Jane Greenberg, and Ryan Scherle. Research Data Access and Preservation Summit; San Diego, California.



Update on “Planning for success: the impact of data management plans on grant awards and grant-funded research” (July 2018) Part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine webinar “PNR Partners: Past Projects and Future Opportunities” (online session).

Web analytics in libraries (May 2018) Co-authored with Scott W. H. Young and presented by Scott W. H. Young. Library Values & Privacy Summit; New York, NY.

Introducing Radian: A Community-curated Hub for All Things Data (October 2017) Co-presented with Scott W. H. Young. Co-authored with Scott W. H. Young, Ryer Banta, Robin Champieux, and Danielle Robinson. FORCE2017; Berlin, Germany.

Sharing in a gray area: a framework for big data curation (October 2017) Co-presented and co-authored with Elizabeth Hull. National Data Integrity Conference; Fort Collins, Colorado.

Managing and publishing agricultural data at Montana State University (May 2017) Rangelands Partnership Annual Meeting; Logan, Utah (remote participation).

Invited participant at the NSF-funded workshop Qualitative Research Ethics in the Era of Big Data (December 2016) Washington, DC.

Exploring ethics in data and technology research (February 2016) Co-presented and co-authored with Jason A. Clark, Justin D. Shanks, and Scott W. H. Young. Montana State University Computer Science Seminar Series; Bozeman, Montana.

How open access enriches education & supports global information equity (November 2015) Co-authored and co-presented with Leila Belle Sterman. Montana State University International Education Week; Bozeman, Montana.

The research data census: assessing data services at Montana State University (October 2015) CLIR/DLF E-Research Network (online session).

Data mining and data making: library digital services and applied research (January 2015) Co-authored and co-presented with Jason A. Clark and Scott W. H. Young. Institute on Ecosystems Rough Cut Science; Bozeman, Montana.



Mannheimer, S, Banta, R (15 February 2018) Building Bridges. Facet Publishing blog.

Mannheimer S, Clark JA (21 May 2015) Using data dictionary creation as the teaching moment for metadataCLIR Re: Thinking.

MSU News Service (28 September 2015) Montana State University sharing research insights with the world.



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A National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics (2018 – 2019) Institute of Museum & Library Services, National Leadership Grants for Libraries. $100,000. Principal investigator Scott W. H. Young. Co-investigators Sara Mannheimer and Jason A. Clark.

Planning for success: the impact of data management plans on grant awards and grant-funded research (2017 – 2018) National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. $9,500. Principal investigator Sara Mannheimer

Radian data (2016 – 2017) Force11, JISC Innovation Challenge. $1,500. Principal investigator, Sara Mannheimer.  Co-investigators Ryer Banta and Scott W. H. Young

Twitter sentiment analysis for research data services (2015) Montana State University, Faculty Excellence Grant. $4,480. Co-principal investigators with Scott W. H. Young.



Using Large-Scale Visualization to Promote Data for the Public Good (2017) Principal investigator, with co-investigator Justin Shanks. Sponsor: North Carolina State University. Unfunded.

A Framework for Big Data Research Ethics (2016) Principal investigator. Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Increasing Openness and Transparency in Research. Unfunded.



LSCI 121: Library research skills, Spring 2017

HONR 494: Information Ethics and Privacy in the Age of Big Data, Spring 2018



Data Carpentry Workshop; Fort Collins, CO, October 2017

STAT 401: Applied Methods in Statistics; Montana State University, Fall 2016

Data Carpentry Workshop; Portland, OR, June 2015

Leadership MSU, Class of 2015



OpenCon registration scholarship; Washington, DC, November 2016

Professional Development Award: Travel to ALA Annual, Chicago, IL. National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, June 2017

Margaret Ellen Kalp Memorial Fellowship; UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012-2013

Travel & participation award, Web Archiving Cooperative Summer Workshop; Palo Alto, CA, June 2012




Faculty Member, CLIR/DLF E-Research Network, 2016-present
RDA/NISO Privacy Implications of Research Data Sets Interest Group, 2016-present
Peer reviewer, Journal of eScience Librarianship, 2016-present

Peer reviewer, Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication, 2018
Peer reviewer, Behaviour & Information Technology, 2018
Field reviewer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2018
Co-teacher, DMP Module, Biomedical & Health RDM Training for Librarians, 2017-2018
Peer reviewer, American Behavioral Scientist, 2017
Review Panelist, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2017
Panel organizer (with Daniel Bangert and Heather Coates), Libraries collaborating to advance open initiatives. FORCE2017, 2017
Peer reviewer, OpenCon Application Review Team, 2017
Planning Committee Member, Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP), 2015-2017
Social Media Manager, RDAP Twitter and RDAP Facebook, 2015-2016
OCLC Data Curation Funding Working Group, 2014-2016
Planning Committee Member, ASIS&T SIG-DL Student Research Forum, 2014



TRAILS Digital Preservation Committee (co-chair), 2017-present
Montana Digital Preservation Working Group, 2015-2017



Statistical Consulting and Research Services (SCRS) Advisory Council, 2018-present
University Planning Council, 2014-present
HELPS Lab Advisory Board, 2015-present
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (co-organizer with Melissa Ragain), annually 2016-present

Leadership training session (co-facilitator with Ian Godwin), Leadership MSU, September 2017
In-depth reviewer, Year-Seven Self-Study, 2017
Bicycle Task Force, 2015-2017
MSU Research Network, 2015-2017
University Facilities Planning Board, 2015



Library Strategic Planning Group, 2017-present
Digital Preservation Group (chair), 2017-present
Library Curriculum Task Force, 2017-present
Digital Scholarship Working Group, 2017-present
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Allyship, 2017-present
Scholarly Communication Group, 2014-present

Search Committee: Digital Technologies Development Librarian, 2017-2018
Data Interest Group (formerly Data Management Task Force) (chair), 2014-2017
Data Services Group (chair), 2014-2017
Search Committee: Library Instructional Services Program Leader, 2016-2017
Open Access Week (co-organizer with Leila Sterman), October 2014 and October 2015
ScholarWorks Twitter Manager, 2014-2015
Activities and Events Committee, 2014-2015
Search Committee: Undergraduate Experience Librarian, 2014



UseR Meetup Group, 2016-present