Research Information Management (RIM) is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research. It is emerging as a part of scholarly communications practice in many university libraries and is a service that is typically provided in collaboration with a university’s research enterprise. RIM may interoperate with and support research repositories, researcher profiles, awards management workflows, internal reports, and external assessment. Universities have diverse goals for implementing RIM, and case studies from the US and Australia will be demonstrated in this talk.
Research university libraries are increasingly involved in RIM activities because of the expertise and value that library professionals provide to manage information relating to publications, data, persistent identifiers and so forth. Library expertise adds value in terms of connecting research information across a wide range of library-managed information sources and systems which can assist and enhance assessment activities, grant management, strategic collaborations, teaching and research planning, commercialisation and other activities.
Librarians provide knowledge and expertise which are essential for connecting up relevant applications, information and metadata within RIM systems. They provide knowledge and expertise to visualise, interpret, collect and highlight relationships between data elements in order to demonstrate and define impact and reach of institutional research collaborations and outputs. In this presentation we will share how the libraries at La Trobe and Syracuse Universities are partnering with other campus stakeholders to achieve these outcomes.
This presentation is an outcome of collaborative research by librarians practicing on three continents through the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and is part of a growing body of RIM research to support libraries, researchers, and institutions.