Partnering with your institution’s Senior Research Officer: An in-depth review by Ithaka S+R

Sponsored by Ex Libris
Recorded on 02/23/2021

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research


Does your library partner with the university’s research office? Does the Senior Research Officer (SRO) know what services the library offers to support the research enterprise? Expand your understanding of current roles and priorities of the SRO. Hear insights and join the discussion on how libraries can better align research support services in collaboration with their SRO’s evolving strategic directions. 

Recently, Ex Libris sponsored a research study by Ithaka S+R to create an in-depth report to gain an inside look at the role of the SRO.  After interviewing 44 incumbents at U.S. research universities, Ithaka S+R developed the Ithaka S+R Report: The Senior Research Officer: Experience, Role, Organizational Structure, Strategic Directions, and Challenges. 

Join this ACRL Choice webcast with authors Oya Y. Rieger and Roger Schonfeld as they share their findings first-hand. Walk away with a greater understanding of how the SRO role has evolved, current trends, and the opportunities for libraries to further support SROs.


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    Oya Y. Rieger

    Senior Strategist, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and MuseumsIthaka S+R

    Oya Y. Rieger is a senior strategist on Ithaka S+R’s Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums team. She spearheads projects that reexamine the nature of collections within the research library, help secure access to and preservation of the scholarly record, and explore the possibilities of open source software and open science.

    Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Oya worked at Cornell University for 25 years. For the past ten years she served as Associate University Librarian, leading strategic initiatives, building partnerships, and facilitating sustainable and user-centered projects. During her tenure at Cornell, her program areas included digital scholarship, collection development, digitization, preservation, user experience, scholarly publishing, learning technologies, research data management, digital humanities, and special collections. She spearheaded projects funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS), the Henry Luce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Simons Foundation, and Sloan Foundation to develop ejournal preservation strategies, conduct research on new media archiving, implement preservation programs in Asia, design digital curation curriculums, and create sustainability models for alternative publishing models to advance science communication.

    From 2009 – August 2019, Oya led the operations, governance, sustainability, and strategic development of, the open access preprint service for research papers in physics, mathematics, computer science, electric engineering, system science, and economics. She continues to serve an an advisor for arXiv.

    Oya has held numerous leadership positions with national and international organizations, including with Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), HathiTrustOpenAIRE Sustainability Project, National Digital Stewardship ResidencyPortico, and Project Euclid. Throughout her career, Oya has published widely on a range of topics such as institutional and subject repositories, digital preservation, and developing sustainable business models for new forms of scholarly communication. At Cornell, she taught courses on visual research and scientific collaborations at the communication and architecture departments.

    With an undergraduate degree in economics, she holds an M.S. in Public Administration (University of Oklahoma), an M.S. in Information Systems (Columbia University), and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (Cornell University). Her doctoral work focused on how information and communication technologies support research and scholarly discourse of humanities scholars. She was guided by the principles of grounded theory and social informatics in gathering and analyzing data about scholars’ perceptions and accounts of technology use.

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    Roger C. Schonfeld

    Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums ProgramIthaka S+R

    Roger C. Schonfeld is director of Ithaka S+R’s Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums program. Roger and the team of methodological experts and analysts that comprise the program conduct research and provide advisory services to drive evidence-based innovation and leadership among libraries, publishers, and museums to foster research, learning, and preservation. This has included extensive survey research of faculty members, students, and the directors of libraries and museums, as well as collaborative qualitative studies that have examined research practices and support needs in ten academic disciplines involving more than 100 universities. Additional research and policy projects have sought to bolster organizational leadership, diversity and community engagement, and collections management and preservation. The team provides strategic guidance and advisory services for content providers, software companies, university presses, and academic libraries on the transformation of scholarly communications and the research workflow.

    Roger currently serves as a board member for the Center for Research Libraries. Previously, he has served on the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force for Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access and NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative. Roger has testified before the US House of Representatives on government publishing, advocating for strong approaches to digital preservation. He has authored dozens of research reports, articles, and briefing papers, and his writings can be found at Ithaka S+R and the Scholarly Kitchen. He also tweets at @rschon.

    Roger was previously a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. There, he collaborated on The Game of Life: College Sports and Academic Values with James Shulman and William G. Bowen (Princeton University Press, 2000). He also wrote JSTOR: A History (Princeton University Press, 2003), focusing on the development of a sustainable not-for-profit business model for the digitization and preservation of scholarly texts. He received degrees in library and information science from Syracuse University and in English Literature from Yale University.

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    Jessica Clemons

    Research Solutions ExpertEx Libris, a ProQuest Company