The Baylor Libraries are pleased to announce the appointment of Millicent Weber as a Data Science Librarian on their Research and Engagement team. Weber is currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her dissertation research explores job stress, burnout, and turnover among academic librarians.
Weber is from Manistique, a small town on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and attended Northern Michigan University where she graduated with a bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Management and was named an outstanding graduate. During her undergraduate program, she was lead author on “Sustained, Not Habituated, Activity in the Human Amygdala: A Pilot fMRI Dot-Probe Study of Attentional Bias to Fearful Faces” (Cogent Psychology, vol. 3, no. 1, 2016).
While a master's and doctoral student at Southern Illinois University, she has been a graduate assistant in the Libraries, gaining experience in reference, circulation and preservation. She also serves with Applied Research Consultants, an SIU-based organization of graduate students and faculty who provide consulting services to university faculty and external clients on research design, data collection, and data analysis. Weber has published several articles in the field of librarianship: "Contributory Factors to Academic Librarian Turnover: A Mixed-Methods Study" (Journal of Library Administration, Vol.60 (6), 2020); "Risk and ARL Academic Library Policies in Response to COVID-19" (Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 61 (7), 2021); and "The Dysfunctional Library and Academic Librarian Turnover," which will be featured in an upcoming volume, Libraries as Dysfunctional Organizations and Workplaces (Routledge, 2022).
Weber is eager to continue her work in academic libraries where she enjoys the interdisciplinary environment and collaborative culture. She is excited to be at Baylor because of its research emphasis and Christian environment. When she is not finalizing her dissertation, you may find her hiking the trails of Cameron Park, canoeing on the Brazos, playing piano, attending baseball games at Globe Life Field, or at trivia night.
She will assume her role with Baylor Libraries on October 3, 2022.