Paul Bern joined the Syracuse University Library staff in the newly created position of Numeric Data Services Librarian on March 16. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse, Bern was Senior Statistical Programmer/Data Archivist for the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. In his new role, Bern will lead the planning and development of a Numeric Data Services Center in the Library and serve as a resource specialist for numeric data, quantitative research methods, survey research, and data analysis. Bern will also serve as SU liaison to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), providing subject expertise and access management for ICPSR data sets and codebooks. He will represent the SU Library in campus, regional, and national efforts to provide new data services to users.

Paul brings many years of experience providing statistical, computing, and research support in an academic environment. In 1996 he was appointed to the position of Data and Statistical Services Consultant at the Firestone Library at Princeton University, where he provided advanced support to faculty, students, and staff in statistical computing, research methods, and data analysis in the social sciences. Prior to that, he was a Research Support Specialist for the Office of Human Resources at Cornell University. He is a frequent presenter at International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) conferences.

Bern is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (1992), earning a Ph.D. in Mass Communications, with a specialization in research methodology and statistics.