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Libbie Stephenson

Libbie Stephenson

2007 William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative

Libbie Stephenson is the Director of the Social Science Data Archive at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from University of California, Riverside, in 1975, and went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Library Science from UCLA in 1977. In her role as archivist at UCLA, Libbie oversees collection development, bibliographic content, and reference services. She has written numerous articles on data and library topics and has participated on committees for several organizations and associations, including the Association of Public Data Users and the California Digital Library. She served as President of the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) from 1995-1997.

Through her service on the ICPSR Council from 1996-2000 and in her role as Official Representative for UCLA, which has spanned 30 years, Libbie has demonstrated a type of commitment that is rarely seen. She has played an integral role in nearly all OR meetings during her tenure, conducting several new OR orientation sessions at the OR meetings over the years. She has been a staunch advocate for ICPSR, using her role as OR to educate others about the importance of data archiving and preservation, the protection of confidentiality, and statistical literacy, among other things. She has been a major force in community building, encouraging input with the goal of involving everyone in the larger conversation. An example is the OR Blog, which Libbie helped to create and implement.

Libbie's impact on ICPSR has been profound. Her spirit and energy are evident in the following quote from an article that she wrote for the ICPSR Bulletin in the late 1990s titled, "The Role of the Official Representative in the 21st Century":

"ORs should be prepared to explore and test new technologies, whether it be software for a new statistical procedure, a system for graphing data, or a technique for creating a standardized codebook. Share your new knowledge with ORs and with ICPSR. ICPSR's future depends on our sharing of ideas and perspectives. Join in the discussion!"

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