Research Information Management: Library Roles and Opportunities

Sponsored by Ex Libris, Part of Clarivate
Recorded on 03/24/2022

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research

How can libraries play a role in Research Information Management initiatives?


Late last year, OCLC Research published a comprehensive report that seeks to examine the state of Research Information Management (RIM) practices at US teaching and research institutions*.

With a growing adoption of RIM by US research universities, academic libraries face an opportunity to leverage their expertise and extend their involvement in institutional research excellence initiatives.

This session aims to build on top of the findings of the OCLC report to identify the path for libraries to take a prominent role in RIM initiatives, working closely with institutional research stakeholders.

Two library leaders and two domain experts will join to present the case for increasing library’s influence and the challenges this transition entails.

Topics will include:

  • Leading RIM initiatives: Necessary expertise within libraries
  • Partnering for success: Developing relationships across university units
  • Practicing RIM: Real-world examples and ideas for greater impact
Bryant, Rebecca, Jan Fransen, Pablo de Castro. Brenna Helmstutler, and David Scherer. 2021. Research Information Management in the United States: Part 1—Findings and Recommendations. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research.


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    Amy Kautzman

    Library Dean and DirectorCalifornia State University, Sacramento

    Amy Kautzman is the Dean and Director at the California State University, Sacramento University Library. She has held leadership positions at University of California: Berkeley and Davis, and Harvard University. She writes and presents on moral leadership and diversity, optimizing operations, and active shooter training. She has a BA, literature, from the University of Minnesota, a master’s in library and Information Sciences from Simmons College, and an MA in Literature from Northeastern University. She also has applicable training and education by way of the U.S. Navy where she served as an Aviation Support Equipment Technician, Petty Officer Second Class.

    A first-generation student from North Dakota, her passion is in making a difference in our students’ lives. Clearing the pathway to their success and ensuring equitable education brought her to the California State University system.

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    Elizabeth M. Gushee

    Associate Library Dean, Digital StrategiesUniversity of Miami

    Elizabeth “Liz” Gushee serves as Associate Dean, Digital Strategies for the University of Miami Libraries. In this role, Liz provides leadership and direction for digital infrastructure, digital scholarship services, and technology planning for the Libraries. Liz leads the work to develop Esploro to serve as the central knowledge base of UM researchers and their research outputs, enhancing other campus research information management systems and facilitating a greater understanding of UM’s research enterprise internally and externally. She previously served as Head of Digital Collections Services at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin; prior to UT, Liz held positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Richmond, and the Library of Virginia.

    Liz earned a B.A. in History from Earlham College and an M.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. She is a graduate of the Leading Change Institute sponsored by CLIR and EDUCAUSE. Liz’s research interests include open access, scholarly communication, delivery of cultural heritage within online environments, photography, and the vernacular architecture of the southern states.

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    Jessica Clemons, MLS, MGIS

    Research Solutions ExpertEx Libris

    Jessica has over a decade of experience working within academic libraries in areas of scholarly communication, research support, digital collections, and open access. Currently she works at Ex Libris to help academic institutions find solutions to support and advance their research enterprise.

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    Sara Branch, PhD

    Research Solutions SpecialistEx Libris

    Sara Branch serves as the solution expert for Ex Libris Research Solutions, including Esploro and Pivot-RP. Prior to joining Ex Libris, Sara was an assistant professor of psychology. She completed her PhD at Purdue University where her research focused on personality and motivation. For over 10 years Sara has worked in higher education as an enrollment specialist, faculty member, and now solution specialist. She enjoys bringing her experience and perspective as an academic researcher and faculty member to discussions of how Ex Libris research solutions can serve our college and university partners.