Frank Donnelly, Geospatial Data Librarian, Authors Timely Book on US Census

Book Cover of Donnelly's Exploring the U.S. CensusFrank Donnelly, Geospatial Data Librarian and Associate Professor in the Newman Library has authored: Exploring the U.S. Census: Your Guide to America’s Data, which has just been published by SAGE.

According to the publisher’s description, “Exploring the U.S. Census gives social science students and researchers alike the tools to understand, extract, process, and analyze data from the decennial census, the American Community Survey, and other data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Donnelly’s text provides a thorough background on the data collection methods, structures, and potential pitfalls of the census for unfamiliar researchers, collecting information previously available only in widely disparate sources into one handy guide. Hands-on, applied exercises at the end of the chapters help readers dive into the data. Along the way, the author shows how best to analyze census data with open-source software and tools. Readers can freely evaluate the data on their own computers, in keeping with the free and open data provided by the Census Bureau. By placing the census in the context of the open data movement, this text makes the history and practice of the census relevant so readers can understand what a crucial resource the census is for research and knowledge.”


Kimmy Szeto to Join the Newman Library Faculty as Metadata Librarian

Professor Kimmy Szeto will join the Newman Library faculty on July 8th as Metadata Librarian.  Since 2007 he has held the position of Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at SUNY Maritime College. Previously he was Metadata Librarian for the Queens Borough Public Library. He has taught in the fields of Mathematics, Music, Geology, and Library Science at Columbia, CUNY, Illinois Institute of Art, University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago.

Professor Szeto holds the following degrees: MLS, Queens College/CUNY; MPhil (Marine Geology and Geophysics ), Columbia University; MA (Earth and Environmental Science), Columbia University; MA (Earth and Environmental Science), University of Chicago; and BA (Music and Mathematical Statistics), Columbia University.  He is an accomplished musician with licenses in both violin and piano performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) and serves as General Manager/Ensemble Librarian for the Argento New Music Project.