Social Sciences and Clark Library
- Leadership: Shevon Ardeshir Desai
- Organization chart
- Staff directory for Social Sciences and Clark Library
What we do
The Social Sciences and Clark Library team members are subject librarians, liaisons, and domain specialists with expertise in the social sciences, government information, maps, GIS, and spatial and numeric data. We partner with programs and departments on campus to enhance teaching, learning, and research activities through impactful access to library collections and services. Collectively, we offer expertise across all phases of the research lifecycle, from funding and literature searches to research data management to dissemination and impact.
Social Sciences team
Librarians on the Social Sciences team are subject specialists and liaisons to academic schools and departments in the social sciences. We develop our library collections in these subject areas, provide reference and research support through consultations and instruction, and collaborate with researchers across disciplines. We have deep knowledge of many online social science tools and resources.
We consult with researchers who need help finding and using datasets, GIS (geographic information systems) and mapping tools; want to create data visualizations; and work with census data, statistics, and other government information.
What we're working on
We are involved in a variety of projects and initiatives. One recent effort is a guide focusing on anti-racism within the context of Southeast Michigan.
Ongoing work includes a discussion around research impact, qualitative research methods and tools, foundation and grant funding, licensing data for use by all U-M scholars, collaborating on the BTAA Geoportal and developing international data workshops.
Our team members also collaborate on several grants:
- Library as Research Lab (IMLS)
- Developing a Data Trust for Open Ebook Usage (Mellon Foundation)
- Visualizing the Future (IMLS)
- Open Data Toolkit Based on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Principles (LYRASIS)