Regina Avila is a Digital Services Librarian and Data Librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She joined NIST in 2009 to implement the agency’s NIST Digital Archives, leading a team in the digitization and preservation of the agency’s publications. Since then her duties have included leading a library team to investigate research data management services.
As a Data Librarian, she successfully collaborated with NIST's IT department and laboratories in curating and publishing research data – including the development of tools to create data management plans, the NIST enterprise data inventory, and data documentation. She is currently working with a team of researchers to curate data for NIST's Hurricane Maria investigation.
Ms. Avila has launched other successful projects within the library. One example is the NIST Story Booth, an oral history program designed to capture in situ reflections of NIST employees about their work. Another example is her work as ambassador to NIST's Boulder campus, where she is working to increase collaboration between the Boulder Labs Library and the Gaithersburg library to serve NIST staff in Boulder.
She is co-chair of the Data Curation Discussion Group within CENDI, an interagency group of senior Scientific and Technical Information (STI) managers from 14 federal agencies. Ms. Avila earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. Before she came to NIST she was a librarian and news researcher at The Denver Post.
2019 Bronze Medal Award - "The team is recognized for developing and deploying an integrated software system that makes it easier for NIST scientists to share their data with the public through a secure cloud-based platform. The system meets NIST requirements for stewardship of research data throughout their lifecycle, including data management planning, review, curation, publication, and preservation, and fully satisfies OMB/OSTP policies for the management and delivery of the results of federally funded research."