My name is Jenna Jordan, and I’m a data librarian/steward/engineer (I wear a few hats!). I studied data management & information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I graduated with my MS/LIS (Master of Science in Library and Information Science) in May 2020.

On this website, you can find information about the classes I took each semester of my degree (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020), blog posts about various topics that I’m interested in (such as the nature of unique identifiers), and learn about some of the projects that I have worked on. I am interested primarily in the political science domain, and my projects have focused on improving data resources for researchers in peace/conflict studies (such as the Correlates of War). I had the great fortune of finding the perfect place to practice my data librarian skills within the political science field at the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, where I worked for 3 semesters as a Graduate Research Assistant. For more about my employment history, please add me on LinkedIn or take a peek at my resume.

If you are interested in working with me on a project - or hiring me! - please feel free to send me an email or connect on Twitter or LinkedIn. I’m also happy to talk with any prospective UIUC iSchool students - I had a fantastic experience at the iSchool and would love to spread the word.

More about me

If you’re curious for more details about who I am, what I like, and what I’ve done, you can read this post.

A note about this website

One side benefit of creating & maintaining this blog is that it has helped me learn the basics of building a website. Instead of creating a WordPress blog, filling in the fields and clicking on design options, I chose to create my blog on GitHub Pages, and work with the source files directly. I got a big head start by forking from the Minimal Mistakes theme repo, but every bit of content that I have put onto this blog has been through my own coding/writing in the websites files. You can check out those files at my website repo on GitHub.