The Library’s Role in the Open Research Ecosystem

Sponsored by Ex Libris, Part of Clarivate
Recorded on 07/14/2022

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research

How can librarians advance the open research mission?


The research workflow – from the initial pre-award work up to output publication and evaluation – is fragmented. It often involves multiple data sources, various systems that use this data, and workflows that connect different stakeholders.

Initiatives supporting the creation of an open and connected research ecosystem are gaining traction, including advancements to scholarly communication, which aim to increase research impact and ease the burden on libraries, researchers, and research administrators.

Potential directions include methods for easier and more transparent reuse of data and metadata and the development of open research platforms that allow simpler connectivity with other systems. Libraries are at the heart of many of these future possibilities.

In this session we will reflect on current gaps in the research workflow and highlight key areas that require the attention of libraries, vendors, and industry organizations. We will include ideas for library leaders who wish to further advance the open research mission.

Topics will include:

  • Data & metadata: The library’s role in managing scholarly data and facilitating reuse
  • Research processes: Key use cases to improve effectiveness and outcomes
  • Partnering for success: Developing relationships across university units to promote open research
  • Best practice examples and ideas for greater impact


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    Joan Kolarik

    Drexel University Libraries
  • Image of Wendy C. Robertson

    Wendy C. Robertson

    Institutional Repository & Metadata LibrarianUniversity of Iowa Libraries

    Wendy (she/her) manages the University of Iowa Institutional Repository (Iowa Research Online) and works with the Libraries’ journal publishing. She also works closely with the Graduate College regarding theses and dissertations. Her research/interest areas are metadata, preservation, accessibility, and scholarly communication. Learn more:

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    Brian Minihan

    Engagement Lead, Global ConsortiaORCID

    Brian supports community adoption, fostering development and executing strategic goals of ORCID consortia, primarily in Asia Pacific and North America, for the ORCID Engagement Team.

    Brian previously held the role of Scholarly Communications Librarian at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he was an advocate for open scholarship in Asia. He has an M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco, an M.L.S. from San Jose State University and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

  • Image of Jessica Clemons, MLS, MGIS

    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.

  • Image of Shalhevet Bar-Asher

    Shalhevet Bar-Asher

    VP Research Information ManagementEx Libris

    Shalhevet Bar-Asher is VP Research Information Management, leading the Esploro line of business at Ex Libris, Part of Clarivate. Prior to joining the Esploro team she led the reference management service (RefWorks) line of business at Ex Libris. Shalhevet and her team work closely with Esploro customers and the research community at large to continue to grow the product and deliver value to institutions.

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