New Research Resources Division
Rapid changes in technology and related shifts in research and scholarly communication are transforming the Libraries role on campus. For example, in response to the emergence of digital research, the Libraries have created a range of new services, such as assisting with the development of research data management plans, managing institutional repositories, and disseminating research outputs through open access mechanisms. The avalanche of information in the age of digital research has the potential to be overwhelming, and much of it will get lost if no one builds the tools to organize it, make it accessible and discoverable, and preserve it for future generations of scholars.
“I am very pleased to be joining the UCI Libraries at a time when we are building momentum and strategies to meet the new challenges created by the evolving scholarly communication environment,” said Renaud. “From my first visit to UCI, I could sense the great energy, enthusiasm, and dedication in the Research Resources team, and throughout the Libraries, to create success in these areas.”
The new Research Resources division will help the Libraries meet these goals by bringing the functions of cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, e-resource management, collection development, and special collections and archives together within the same division. These roles are all critical to the Libraries efforts to support evolving developments in scholarly communication, but they have traditionally been located in two separate divisions, Technical Services and Collections. Merging these functions will allow for more seamless collaboration and the development of innovative services to support the entire scholarly communication life-cycle.
One of the priorities of the new division will be the development of mature and sustainable Digital Scholarship Services to support the efforts of faculty and students to share digital content to the broader scholarly community.