Intro to Data Science for Law Librarians

Thursday, September 24, 2020 (11am - 12pm US/Central)


Data science is everywhere these days, but what exactly is it? How do you "do data science"? Is it something law librarians could or should learn? What relationship, if any, is there between data science and artificial intelligence? Is data science only for Big Data? As individuals, we are consumers of data science in all aspects of our lives and our professional lives are no different. This session will explain what data science is, how it is done and how it relates to hot topics like Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Attendees will understand how data science is relevant to their jobs--how it is used in empirical legal research, to optimize the business of law, and that it underpins current legal research products. Resources for learning data science skills will be included.

Registration for this event closes on Monday, September 21.

Participants will:

1. List the skills that make up data science
2. Describe the areas where data science intersects with the legal system, legal industry, and law librarianship
3. Acquire the vocabulary & background necessary to effectively discuss business analytics and data science with other institutional departments and/or vendors

AALL Body of Knowledge Domain: Information Management, Research + Analysis

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Sarah Lin
Information Architect & Digital Librarian

After nearly 15 years working in law libraries, Sarah transitioned to corporate librarianship and for the last year has worked at the data science software company RStudio, PBC, as their Information Architect & Digital Librarian. In between projects managing information for internal consumption by staff and external consumption by corporate customers and open source users, Sarah has learned to do data science in the R programming language. Starting with simple graphs and moving all the way through machine learning, Sarah discovered that data science really is everywhere and that understanding how it works (and doing a little bit yourself!) is key to contemporary librarianship.

Sarah is currently serving as President of NOCALL, was recently certified as an instructor with The Carpentries, and lives in Davis, CA. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago (African/African-American Studies) and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, and can be reached at

Jocelyn Stilwell-Tong
Law Librarian
California Courts of Appeal, 6th District

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 09/21/2020
Name Price Available To
AALL Member $0.00   Individual
Site Registration $125.00   Individual
Non-Member $60.00   NonMember
Site Registration $150.00   NonMember

Cancellation and Other Policies:

Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to by the registration deadline. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.

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