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Four Ways Your Library Can Use RIM to Advance Your Institution

Magazine article Information Today

Four Ways Your Library Can Use RIM to Advance Your Institution

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Familiar roles, new opportunities

Research Information Management--RIM--is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research. These activities already intersect with many aspects of your library's services. But, as OCLC's Lorcan Dempsey wrote in a 2014 blog post on the subject, only recently have we been treating RIM:

   [As] a new service category ... the
   integrated management of information
   about the research life cycle, and about
   the entities which are party to it.

As such, OCLC has been researching and writing about the ways that libraries are becoming leaders in this important trend. Our position paper, Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library's Role, is a good place to start if you want the "big picture" about RIM and libraries.

The publication helps libraries and other institutional stakeholders better understand how institutions are adopting research information management practices, driven by many different uses, such as support for expertise in discovery, open access policies and compliance, faculty activity reporting workflows, and research assessment activities. In it we identify four major ways in which libraries can add value to this complex ecosystem:

* Publications and scholarship expertise

* Discoverability, access, and reputational support

* Stewardship of the institutional record

* Training and support

Universities, national laboratories, medical centers and other institutions that conduct research are in need of libraries' help. …

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