Eric Schares


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About Me

I am the Engineering & Collection Analysis Librarian at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

In this role, I am subject specialist / liaison to three engineering departments on campus, providing research help, instruction, collection development, and outreach.

I also help evaluate and support Iowa State’s growing number of Open Access agreements with publishers, conducting scientometric analyses of our academic publications to find patterns across campus. I use Dimensions, Web of Science, Altmetrics, Open Refine, Unsub, OpenAlex, Python, pandas, R, and LaTeX to do this work.

In 2022, I conducted a study on the impact of the recently updated OSTP guidance, which will make U.S. federally funded research publicly available by 2026. A companion website hosts interactive versions of each graph from the article, allowing users to pan, zoom, hover, and explore the data more thoroughly.

In 2021, I created and launched Unsub Extender, a free Python-based web app to help libraries better analyze and understand their Unsub data. I published a paper, and the project was honored with the 2022 RUSA ETS Best Emerging Technology Application (BETA) Award and the 2022 ASEE ELD Innovation in Access to Engineering Information Award.

I hold a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State and an MLIS from Rutgers University. Prior to my current role at Iowa State, I worked at Intel for 10 years as an array reliability engineer on NAND flash memory.

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