Professional Development

Professional Development Intro

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Imagine a research library that...

Cultivates the skills and capabilities in its workforce to meet current changes in scholarship as faculty, researchers, and students work with data and information in fundamentally novel ways.

Is a true collaborator with the research community in facilitating the use of sophisticated information technology to manipulate data and create new knowledge in ways that only seemed possible in science fiction movies.

This new vision of the future calls our information professionals to incorporate new methods and acquire new skills.

Professional Development Initiatives

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Strengthening skills and capabilities begins by:

Investing in Career Development

Expanding the Libraries' role requires expanding our capabilities. Creating excellence in the workforce requires expanding our capabilities to meet the needs of 21st-century scholarship - those that have already emerged and those needs that will develop in the future.

Attracting New Talent

These challenges require new capabilities and highly talented individuals to support strategic programs such as digital preservation, databases and e-publishing platforms, geo-spatial information systems, electronic data centers, and evolving forms of scholarly communication.

Professional Development Examples New Jobs

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New Key Positions at OU Libraries

Carl Grant, Associate Dean of Knowledge Services & Chief Technology Officer

Carl has key leadership responsibilities to help us move forward on a number of important initiatives, including developing a robust institutional repository to support electronic theses and dissertations and OU-generated content, improving our discovery services and web presence, and increasing access to our special collections through building our digital collections. (View full announcement)


Pat Hawthorne, Associate Dean for Exploration & Engagement

Pat provides key leadership and direction for our public facing divisions. She has broad responsibilities that support student learning and facilitate university research which will expand our engagement with the campus and community. Pat brings an outstanding track record to the University of Oklahoma and will add strength to our library team. (View full announcement)


Tim Rasic, Director of Development

Tim will focus on fundraising for library initiatives and on donor relations. Tim has more than 25 years of experience at the University of Oklahoma and has worked with the OU Foundation, the Alumni Association, College of Law, the Price College of Business, and, most recently the OU Development Office. This vast experience with OU alumni and donors will benefit University Libraries as we explore new avenues of external support for the strategic initiatives already underway and in planning.

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