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Savannah L. Kelly
Data Science & Reproducibility Librarian and Associate Professor
221 - J.D. Williams Library

My role:

Dr. Kelly is a member of the Scholar Support and Data Services (SSDS) Department at the University Libraries and is passionate about research methods, statistics, data cleaning, coding, and working with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty on data analysis projects.

Dr. Kelly is a Certified Instructor for the Carpentries, a non-profit organization that teaches foundational computation and data science skills to researchers.

Feel free to reach out via email with questions and requests.

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Office: J. D. Williams Library, second floor, #221.

Research Interests:

Promoting data science and statistical competencies in higher education and workforce contexts, interdisciplinary research collaborations, and students’ perceptions of STEM majors and occupations.


PhD in Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Minor in Applied Statistics

Master of Library and Information Science

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Philosophy

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Select Publications:

Kelly, Savannah L. (2023). “Perceptions of brilliance, intelligence, ability, and interest: Understanding first-year students’ inclinations towards STEM pathways.” Journal for STEM Education Research.

Rutledge, Lorelei, Casucci, Tallie, & Kelly, Savannah L. (2022). “Investigation of tenured and tenure-track academic librarians’ service satisfaction at public Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) institutions.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49.

Kelly, Savannah L. (2020). “Statistics is for everyone (Yes, even you): Straightforward statistical concepts to help instruction librarians help their students (Part 2). LOEX Quarterly, 46(2)

Kelly, Savannah L. (2019). “Statistics is for everyone (Yes, even you): Straightforward statistical concepts to help instruction librarians help their students (Part 1). LOEX Quarterly, 45(2).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2019). “Faculty perceptions of librarian value: The moderating relationship between librarian contact, course goals, and students’ research skills.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 45(3).

Young, Brian W. & Kelly, Savannah L. (2018). “How well do we know our students? A comparison of students’ priorities for services and librarians’ perceptions of those priorities.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(2).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2017). “First-year students’ research challenges: Does watching videos on common struggles affect students’ research self-efficacy?” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 12(4).

Kelly, Savannah L. & Young, Brian W. (2017). “Examining undergraduates’ library priorities through Q methodology.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(3).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2017). “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth: When the data you receive is not the data you want”. LOEX Proceedings.

Kelly, Savannah L. (2017). “Minority students in university remediation: A phenomenological analysis of their high school and first-semester college academic experiences” Journal of Contemporary Research in Education.

Winslow, Rachel R., Skripsky, Sarah L., & Kelly, Savannah L. (2016). “Not just for citations: Assessing Zotero while reassessing research.” In B. D’Angelo, S. Jamieson, B. Maid, J.R. Walker (Eds), Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Kelly, Savannah L. (2015). “Promoting critical dispositions: Incorporating the IL Framework in one-shot library instruction.” Mississippi Libraries, 78(3).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2014). “Librarians, renounce the research paper! Using rhetoric to improve assignment design.” College & Undergraduate Libraries 21.1.

Select Presentations:

NLM, Research Data Services Shop Talk, 2023, Online: “From idea to impact: Building an R programming workshop series for graduate students.”

IRDL Research Conference, 2022, Online: “The hunt for p-values and other fundamental distractions in quantitative analysis: Building a better understanding”

Women in Statistics and Data Science, 2022, St. Louis, MO:  “ASA Book Club is our Diverse and Inclusive Community” with Eunice Kim and Carolina Liskey.

ULA, 2022, Layton, UT: “Tenured and Tenure-Track Academic Librarians’ Service Loads at Public Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) Institutions” with Lorelei Rutledge & Tallie Casucci

LOEX, 2017, Lexington, KY: “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth: When the Data You Receive is Not the Data You Want”

LOEX, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA: “Helping Outliers become College Ready: Using Technology to Cultivate Positive Relationships with Students Enrolled in Remedial Curriculum”

WILU 2013, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: “Connecting the Academy and the Real World: Using Dilemma Cases to Teach Students Lifelong Inquiry”

ACL 2013, San Diego, CA: “Taming the Dragon: Refining Pedagogical Techniques through the Fire of One-Shot Library Instruction” with Robin Lang and Molly Riley

LOEX 2012, Columbus, OH: “Forget the Database, What’s the Argument?: Revitalizing a For-Credit Course by Teaching Rhetoric, Critical Thinking and Research as Conversation”

LOEX Encore, 2012, Online: “Forget the Database, What’s the Argument?: Revitalizing a For-Credit Course by Teaching Rhetoric, Critical Thinking and Research as Conversation”

eSWUG 2010, Orange, CA: “How Do You Come Across? A Collaborative Look at the OPAC” with Mary Logue

Select Research Posters:

EBLIP, 2017, Philadelphia, PA: “First-year students’ research challenges: Does watching videos on common research struggles prior to library instruction increase students’ confidence?”, People’s Choice Award, 1st place

ALA, 2016, Orlando, FL: “Examining Undergraduates’ Library Priorities through Q Methodology” with Brian W. Young, EBSS Research Poster

ALA, 2016, Orlando, FL: “Librarian vs. Student Perspectives on Technology” with Brian W. Young, STS Research Poster


IRDL Mentor, 2018-19, 2019-20

IRDL Scholar, 2016

ACRL Immersion Program, Assessment Track, 2012

Excellence in Assessment Award, Westmont College, 2012

ACRL Immersion Program, Teacher Track, 2010