Alex Wade

Group Technical Program Manager, Meta
Years at CZI 4
Gift Type Life of Service Gift

The massive amount of knowledge that comes out of the biomedical research field today has created an even greater demand for the professionals who can curate, organize, and manage this information and make it all available. These professionals are not necessarily called “librarians” (although I claim that title proudly), but the next generation of data and information scientists are critical in this endeavor, and the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington are key educators in this field.

My education was transformational, and I am proud to give back my time to these schools through participation in advisory boards, mentoring, and an endowment.

I am grateful to have a role at CZI that is central to one of my own passions: how human knowledge is created, organized, accessed, and preserved for future generations. This discipline used to be called “librarianship” and focused largely on physical books that were stored in library buildings. In that era, databases mainly focused on how to discover and locate those books in order to access the bound-up knowledge. At the dawn of the internet, though, it became evident that all was about to change.

I received my Master of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, and have happily witnessed the transformation of that program from a “Library School” to one of the flagship Information Schools (or iSchools) in the world. My education was transformational, and I am proud to give back my time to these schools through participation in advisory boards, mentoring, and an endowment.

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