Research universities, research funders, as well as individual researchers are increasingly looking for aggregated, interconnected research information. This poster, presented at the 2017 VIVO Conference in New York City, describes the adoption of research information management (RIM) practices and shares about OCLC Research Library Partnership (ORLP) research efforts examining the adoption, roles, and activities.
Our poster describes the coalescing practices of research information management, and we offer a model for understanding the variety of RIM practices adopted by research institutions, including public profiles for expertise discovery; workflows for faculty activity reporting; integration with open access repositories; decision support reporting for departments, colleges, and senior administration; as well as increasing interoperability and reuse locally and globally.
Implementation of research information management presents organizational challenges for institutions because of the multitude of stakeholders and the absence of a clear “owner” for RIM implementation. Libraries are important stakeholders within this landscape, and can play a role in helping to develop new organizational models and services.
Library experience and expertise with bibliographic metadata and standards are important contributions to RIM implementations. Librarians' dedication to serving researchers also means they assume prominent roles with training and education for faculty and researchers, roles eschewed by other stakeholders.