John Little

John Little

Data Science Librarian

Duke University Libraries

As a Data Science Librarian/Consultant in the Center for Data & Visualization Sciences, I help Duke University students and researchers navigate practical data science challenges. To that end I provide a series of workshops on R; offer walk-in and by-appointment consultations; and host the R we having fun yet learning series (Rfun).

My workshops and presentations focus on using R as a data-first coding language via the Tidyverse dialect, Reproducibility and tidy data, Text mining and sentiment analysis, APIs, web scraping, data parsing, data cleaning, and data visualization. Each workshop is designed as a hands-on experience where you can download practice data, presentation slides, and workbook guides. Recorded video streaming is often available.

  • Data Science
  • Reproducibility / Git
  • Data Cleaning
  • Tidyverse / R / RStudio
  • MSLS Library & Information Science, 1992

    UNC Chapel Hill

  • BA Sociology, 1990

    UNC Greensboro


Tidyverse / R / RStudio

Data-first coding & analysis


Workshops and Consultations


Version control & data workflows


Presented at

  • quickStart with R
  • Visualization with ggplot2
  • Sentiment analsysis
  • Dashboards
  • Webscraping
  • Xaringan slide decks
  • and more

I host an R learning series, Rfun, or R we having fun yet‽ You can find code, guides, slides, video, practice data, and more.

Rfun is a sub-brand of workshops hosted by the CDVS. For a complete schedule of all upcoming workshops see the Center for Data & Visualization’s Upcoming Workshops . Resources for past workshops are also available at CDVS Online Learning

Rfun is a convenient place to find past R workshop content.
You can also go straight to my GitHub or YouTube.


Duke University Libraries
Data Science Librarian
Jan 2013 – Present Durham NC

Responsibilities include:

  • Consulting
  • Workshops & Instruction
  • Data Analysis
Duke University Libraries
Enterprise Applications, Team Lead
Jan 1994 – Dec 2012 Durham NC
IT Department administration; ILS enterprise application mgt; Kuali OLE; Web team mgt; Web development; Gopher (protocol) site development (~ 1995); Reference librarian in the extinct Public Documents and Maps Department
Barton College Library
Reference Librarian
Aug 1992 – Dec 1993 Wilson NC
Reference; Serials; Early 90s Internet Zen-spelunking