As the Penn Libraries' social sciences bibliographer - now coordinator for social sciences collections - since 1998, Lauris is responsible for selecting books, journals, electronic resources, and other media supporting Penn research and instruction in sociology, economics, linguistics, criminology, communication, and related fields. Lauris is Penn's Official Representative to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research and the contact person for the Penn Libraries' Pennsylvania State Data Center affiliate membership. Lauris coordinates collection development and management activities of subject librarians for anthropology & archaeology, business, education, gender, womens studies & sexuality, political science & international relations, psychology, and social policy & practice/social work. Lauris is also the Penn Libraries' African studies bibliographer. Lauris started at the Penn Libraries in 1991 as a Van Pelt Library reference librarian, but Lauris's presence at Penn began in 1975 as an undergraduate, earning BA and MA degrees in Anthropology here, alongside a Drexel library degree.

Software category expertise

  • Census
  • Using specific resources
  • Using specific resources: Databases & article indexes
  • Spreadsheet
  • Data analysis & cleanup
  • Data collection
  • Data management
  • GIS, mapping, & spatial methods
  • Statistical computing
Library
Division
Department
  • Collection Strategy
  • Center for Global Collections
  • Social Science Collections
  • African Collection
  • Collections and Scholarly Communications (division)
Subject Specialty