Meet your 2023 Data Community:

Julie Smith Maekask

Co-Chair, SLA Data Community

Law Librarian

Eastman & Smith Ltd.

Toledo, Ohio

Contact:  jsmaekask@eastmansmith.com

Finding information people need to do their jobs is Julie’s professional mission.  Julie holds degrees in library science and business administration from PenWest Clarion University and a professional certificate in data science from IBM/Coursera.  She is a 25+ year member of SLA who is amazed by the changes in the profession in just this short time.  During the summer Julie endeavors to humanely thwart animals' shenanigans in her garden (with varying levels of success).


Lynn Weinstein

Co-chair, SLA Data Community

Reference and Research Specialist

Science, Technology & Business Section, Library of Congress

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Contact: lynnmweinstein@gmail.com

Lynn received her MSLS and Masters of Management from Catholic University, and enjoys connecting with alumni, and giving back by mentoring students. She has worked in a variety of library settings, including associations, consulting firms, academia, and government. Lynn currently works as a Research and Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress’ Science, Technology, and Business Division. She previously served as CUA Library’s  Digital Acquisitions Librarian, purchasing and maintaining electronic resources, with liaison responsibilities in business, economics, and library science. Lynn is a member of ALA, SLA, and the Capitol Area Business and Academic Librarians (CABAL).

Susannah Barnes

Co-Chair, SLA Data Community

Data Intelligence Program Lead


Cambridge, Wisconsin

Contact: susannah.barnes@alation.com

Alation’s Data Intelligence Program Lead and a former Data Governance Senior Specialist at American Family Insurance. Her background is in metadata management, data governance, data cataloging, and taxonomy development. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) School of Information Studies where she received a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with a specialization in Information Organization. She still works closely with UWM and other universities through her work with Alation’s Data Intelligence Project.