The Emergence of Research Information Management (RIM) in US Libraries

<p>Advancing technologies, standards, and networked information offer new opportunities for institutions to steward and disseminate the scholarly outputs of its researchers. In this project briefing we will discuss how research information management (RIM) is emerging as a part of scholarly communications practice in many US university libraries, in close collaboration with other campus stakeholders. RIM intersects many aspects of traditional library services in discovery, acquisition dissemination and analysis of scholarly activities, but does so at the convergence of institutional data systems, faculty/research processes, and institutional partners.  It also can serve as the basis for a growing shift in emphasis in research libraries--from focusing primarily on providing local access to research produced elsewhere, toward a greater focus on providing global access to research produced by the institution's community. The integration of open access repositories with RIM programs provides an opportunity to strengthen participation with and impact of both. The University of Arizona, with leadership from the University Libraries, has converted a decentralized, antiquated paper-based faculty activity review (FAR) process into a cloud-based system, integrating faculty inputs and aggregating information from multiple data systems creating a complete authoritative record of faculty activities and outputs to support institutional analysis and expert discovery services. Duke University libraries support a faculty-initiated open access policy by simplifying processes for self-archiving and aggregating research outputs into public profiles to support both individual researchers’ incentives and institutional needs. This presentation will also outline a growing program of research on emerging library support for RIM, led by OCLC Research in collaboration with OCLC Research Library Partnership member institutions.</p><div><br></div>