Stanford, CA—Last week, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), awarded Ron Nakao, a senior librarian at Stanford with expertise in the areas of social science data, business and economics, the 2019 William H. Flanigan Award. The Award honors the distinguished service and contributions of an ICPSR Official Representative.
Nakao has represented Stanford at ICPSR for nearly 20 years and has taught in the ICPSR Summer Program on the delivery of data services as well as has led data bootcamps. While his career at Stanford spans 26 years, his affiliation with the university extends even further having received his undergraduate, graduate and PhD from Stanford.
Nakao started at Stanford Libraries as a library specialist in general reference. Three years later his passion for social science data emerged and he was promoted to data specialist within the Libraries’ Social Science Resource Group (SSRG). He went on to become data and computational social science librarian and senior librarian for economics, data and computational social science, the position which he currently holds.
In addition to his involvement with ICPSR, Nakao is also actively engaged with the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Alliance and is a long-time member of the International Association for Social Science Information, Service, and Technology. He has previously served on the ICPSR Council and DDI Alliance Boards.
“ICPSR could not have selected a stronger candidate for the Flanigan Award. Ron cares deeply about data and its lifecycle and is committed to serving faculty, research staff and students with their research and teaching needs,” said Mimi Calter, deputy university librarian at Stanford. “We are all exceptionally proud of Ron and thrilled his professional contributions are being widely recognized.”