Elizabeth Wickes (wickes1@illinois.edu) View Elizabeth Wickes' profile on LinkedIn

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Instruction Experience
Research Experience
Published Work
Technical Skills


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Library and Information Science
May 2016, expected: GPA: 4.00
Illinois State University
B.S. Sociology
May 2008, GPA: 3.95
Parkland College
A.S. General Studies
December 2005, GPA: 3.80


Managing Research Data

· Talk presented at the 2016 Computational Social Science Workshop
· http://hdl.handle.net/2142/88861

Recontextualizing Humanities Skills for Coding

· Talk presented at the 2015 Symposium on LIS Education
· http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1373932

Programming as an Information-centered activity

· Talk presented at the 2015 Python Education Summit
· http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1372436

Mining the Poachers: Quantitative Analysis of Fanfiction Works Across Two Archives

· Poster presented at the 2015 GSLIS Research Showcase
· http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1348806

Adventures in Learning Python

· Poster presented at PyCon 2014
· http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.988625

The influence of attachment style on sociosexuality and college sexual behavior.

· Poster presented at the Illinois State University Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 2007



June 2017 – Present
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
· Instructor for 2 sections of IS 452, Foundations of Information Processing

Data Curation Specialist

May 2015 – June 2017
Research Data Service, University Library
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Assistant

January 2014 – May 2015
Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
· Published news, event, and publication materials using CMS.
· Created several office utilities in Python, and maintained webpage HTML/PHP code.

Research Data Management Intern

July 2014 – August 2014
Oxford e-Research Centre and Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, United Kingdom
· Managed the submission process for datasets and publications into the Oxford University Research Archive.
· Prepared reports on repository usage and case studies.


June 2014
Main Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
· Completed a short-term project to programmatically collect Internet Archive entity metadata and build a look-up database to connect those books to the Hathi-Trust Research Center collections.
· Tools used: Python, Internet Archive API.

Curation Manager

July 2012 – December 2013
Wolfram|Alpha, Champaign, Illinois
· Managed a team of six full time and six remote curators.
· Used RT and Jira to distribute and track projects.
· Reduced errors committed by team members to the source code by half within two months of taking the position and implemented tools to reduce time required for repetitive tasks by 90%.
· Standardized team documentation to promote internal coding consistency.

Data Curator

November 2011 – July 2012
· Gathered and normalized data, created coding schemas, and assisted developers in data design.
· Utilized Mathematica and regular expressions knowledge to complete projects programmatically.

Project Coordinator

June 2009 – November 2011
· Managed the Wolfram Research mailman system, using RT to receive and track user requests.
· Developed procedures for new projects and moved them into maintenance mode.
· Created metric and tracking tools that became a standard used by other teams.


Software Carpentry Instructor

Completed instructor training during Spring 2015.

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Programming (Python)

Spring 2015 semester TA for the Introduction to Programming course at GSLIS.
Completed instruction, email/message board assistance, and grading activities.

Introduction to Practical Programming

· Day long workshop to be presented at the LITA Midwinter Institutes, January 2015.

Introduction to Programming: Guided self-study lecture series

Organizer and instructor
· Developed lesson plans and delivered eight instruction sessions during the Fall 2014 semester.
· Lesson plans are archived here: https://elizabethwickes.com/classroom-lesson-plan/

Introduction to Programming

Organizer and Co-instructor
· Identified related teaching materials on the topic and organized the course structure.
· Developed and presented two of the six sessions and a lightning talk on Regular Expressions.
· Workshop described in a poster presented at Py-Con 2014: http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.988625


Digital Citizen Project

Spring 2008
Milner Library, Illinois State University
· Used knowledge of HTML and web design to translate a paper survey into an online survey.

Personality and Social Development Research Team

Fall 2007 – Spring 2008
Department of Psychology, Illinois State University
· Entered survey data into SPSS and wrote scripts to check data accuracy and consistency.
· Coded video recorded interactions of participants while maintaining inter-rater reliability.
· Conducted group and individual human subject research experiments, including one deception study.
· Managed participant recruitment and scheduling for a paid research study.
· Trained undergraduate assistants and was the primary point of contact for technical problems.

Social Psychology Research Assistant

Fall 2006 – Spring 2008
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University
· Entered and cleaned survey data, and prepared descriptive statistics reports.
· Recruited, scheduled, and ran participants for a couples study.

Economic Sociology Research Assistant

Fall 2007
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University
· Responsible for collecting and reporting on published research work related to a developing project.


Sprecher, S. and E. Wickes (2009). Text-Based Forms of Instant Interpersonal Communication.
Reis, H. and S. Sprecher (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.


Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Wolfram Workbench, Mathematica, Visual Studio, SPSS, Weka, R
Languages: Python, Java, Visual Basic, Regular Expressions, Mathematica, HTML, CSS, SPSS, R
Project tools: RT, Jira, Confluence, TWiki, Google Docs


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