Zoë Wilkinson Saldaña Social Science and Geospatial Data Librarian Data, cats, pinball, Python, NLP

About me

Portrait of Zoë in Treman State Park

Happy and giant waterfall-adjacent

I work as a data librarian in Ithaca, New York.

In 2011, I started teaching adult learners from diverse backrounds how to double-click, browse Wikipedia, and enter functions into Excel.

Six years later, I still love helping learners work towards their goals with technology, but I draw upon a different toolkit: developing full-stack web applications, consulting with clients from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of technical expertise, mentoring young developers, and writing.

As the Social Science and Geospatial Data Librarian at Cornell University, I specialize in helping learners and researchers find & interpret data across the social sciences, including supporting those who are new to digital methods. My techniques of choice include manipulating complex & messy datasets, introducing learners to the Python and R data science ecosystems, developing data visualization, and exploring critical data science applications of machine learning techniques.


I'm also a data scientist and full-stack web developer.

In particular, I focus on critical applications of data science, data visualization, machine learning & natural langauge processing, and open source software & packages.

Key methodologies:

Web application development; natural language processing; data visualization; machine learning; technical writing; mixed methods research

Key technical skills:

Python (pandas, pyspark, jupyter, etc.) and R (tidyverse); SQL; web app development (django, flask, HTML/CSS, JavaScript); visualization (d3, seaborn, bokeh, Tableau); machine learning & nlp (scikit-learn, Spark, TensorFlow); and open source collaboration (git/github).

Learning-in-progress:

Hadoop architecture & ETL processes, intermediate/advanced JavaScript, test-driven development best practices, contributing more pull requests to FOSS projects


I'm into other stuff too!

Outside of work I love writing, pinball, zines, hikes, cats, speculative fiction, and trains. Most recently, I've been learning more about the stark and beautiful geology of upstate NY. I didn't used to like rocks that much, but here we are.

Blob of skills & curiosities


Work history


2018 - Now Social Science and Geospatial Data Librarian @ Cornell University
2016 - Now Programmer/Analyst (Consultant) @ University of Michigan
2016 - 2018 Data Visualization Intern @ University of Michigan
2015 - 2016 Academic Technology Assistant @ City University of Seattle