Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
In January 2013, Elliott Shore took on the role of executive director of the Association of Research Libraries, a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada. In 1997, he joined Bryn Mawr College as director of libraries and professor of history. He served the previous twelve years as a library director at the Institute for Advanced Study, a post he assumed in 1985, just after he was awarded his PhD in history from Bryn Mawr College. Shore received his MS in library science from Drexel University, and he earned his MA in international history at the London School of Economics. In 2001, he was named chief information officer of Bryn Mawr College and began to work as a senior Presidential Fellow at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). He worked to establish a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at CLIR that has helped more than 150 recent PhDs to begin hybrid career roles in the academy.