Campus Research

Campus Research Introduction

Imagine a library with the capabilities to...

Enhance the University of Oklahoma's status as a top research institution to such a degree that it helps attract new businesses to Oklahoma that thrive around centers of creativity and research, while stimulating economic growth.

Classically support researchers with resource materials, and actively partner in the research process by building digital collections and creating new methods of interacting with this content.

Help faculty interact with, organize and manage data as required by federally funded grants.

OU Libraries is poised to play a pivotal role in the production of knowledge - becoming 21st-century disseminators of knowledge.

Campus Research Innitiatives

Supporting OU Campus research begins by:

Establishing a Digital Scholarship Lab

The digital scholarship lab will support research in the humanities and social sciences by facilitating the visualization and analysis of data.

It will contain geo-spatial information resources, an electronic data center, and data management services.

The completed digital scholarship lab will be an intellectual magnet for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration.

Facilitating Data Curation and Preservation

Preservation has always been a unique library responsibility. Just as libraries have curated and preserved historical print collections, today we must curate digital materials and datasets for long-term use.

Building Collaborative Partnerships

OU Libraries will partner with the Office of the Vice President for Research, OU IT, and other university units to support campus research initiatives, including the creation of data management plans that appropriately address the challenges of preserving research data.


Learn more about SHAREOK, the Libraries' institutional repository:

SHAREOK is the new joint institutional repository shared by the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU) and Oklahoma State University Libraries (OSU). It serves as the home for the intellectual output of both communities, and will ultimately include digital dissertations, faculty publications, digital special collections, open access publications, open educational resources and much more.

SHAREOK will give faculty a persistent URL for works they submit to the repository that will not break if a server gets moved or changed. It will allow others to reach your material without error. Materials will be indexed in major search engines, thus increasing use and possible citation. If you would like to place your works in the institutional repository, please read the Policies and Guidelines document and then contact your library.

Visit SHAREOK Online

Digital Scholarship Laboratory

Digital Scholarship Laboratory

The lab will support research by facilitating the visualization and analysis of data. It will contain geo-spatial information resources, an electronic data center, and data management services. The completed Digital Scholarship Laboratory will be an intellectual magnet for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration.

This faculty zone of the Peggy V. Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center will enhance the ability of faculty to produce a wide variety of digital scholarship products as well as test new hardware and software for such projects. This space will be a dedicated area for faculty to work on project-based digital humanities/scholarship initiatives, tapping experts in the library or within the information technology areas as needed. The area will feature three work zones available for scheduling by faculty.

With the hiring of a Digital Scholarship Specialist during Summer/Fall 2014, OU Libraries will be poised to more actively participate in Digital Humanities and similar campus initiatives. 

The Digital Scholarship Lab, located in the Peggy V. Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center in Lower Level 1 of the Neustadt Wing of Bizzell Memorial, is scheduled to open in Fall 2014.

Creating a Research Portal for Scholars

Creating a Research Portal for Scholars

As research advances, new policies and methods regarding data, data management, and data curation make use of emerging and advancing technologies. In addition, funding agencies serving as stewards of the tax paying public are beginning to announce policies regarding open access and reproducibility. The requirement to submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) has become a very important part of the funding process. Not only is the formation of a DMP important, but implementation and following through with the DMP will become an essential part of the research 
workflow as well.

This portal provides resources for faculty and students to help facilitate their research endeavors.  Websites, software, local resources, and tools are listed with brief descriptions. However, making lists of resources and websites is only a small part of the research portal. 

As the portal evolves, OU Libraries will make this an active site and will add contact from Twitter feeds, following those Twitter feeds hosted by other research libraries, data initiatives, and major figures in the field of digital data, data management, and data curation. This research portal will also include a blog highlighting in more detail some of the tools and resources listed on the site.

Partnering on Data Management

Partnering on Data Management

Data management is a process for collecting, organizing, archiving, and accessing data created during the research process. All data needs a management plan, regardless of format or discipline. University Libraries is making progress in educating the OU community about the need and benefits of proper data management. 

Benefits of Data Management 

  • Increases the visibility and the impact of research
  • Simplifies and improves the efficiency of the researcher’s workflow
  • Meets grant requirements
  • Supports open access to research and related data to further the impact of both
  • Reduces data loss

With the hiring of Dr. Mark Laufersweiler as University Libraries’ first Research Data Specialist, we are poised to more actively educate the OU research community about data management plans required by many granting agencies, as well as partner with researchers on grant applications. We are also training our liaison librarians and providing 
tools for them to more effectively engage with the faculty in their disciplines on this topic. 

Innovation Hub at Three Partners Place

Innovation Hub at Three Partners Place

In collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Research-Norman Campus and the OU Price College of Business, OU Libraries is in the planning phase of a Innovation Hub for the first floor of Three Partners Place. The space will include a creativity lab, a teaching and visualization lab, office space for an informatics 
and data management team, a fab lab, touchdown workspaces for researchers, and a coffee shop with a configuration to inspire collaboration among researchers. 

This spring we interviewed stakeholders and potential users, gathered equipment specs, and developed designs for the space. During the summer months, we are building a dataset of existing campus resources and developing a website to market and test the experiment phase slated for this fall, as well as identifying potential funding sources for the space. 

By the Fall 2014 semester, we hope to have a synthesized plan for the short- and long-term conceptual design of the Hub, a description of the potential users and anticipated impact, and detailed costs for the space with construction estimates. 

If all goes according to our timeline, we plan to begin renovation at 3PP by the spring of 2015 
so that we could open the space in time for the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

The University Libraries and the OU Graduate College are partnering to make all OU dissertations openly accessible. During the 2012-13 academic year, the partnership developed the platform and procedures to support the direct electronic deposit of dissertations by OU PhD candidates.  In the fall of 2013, the first electronic dissertations were deposited and made openly accessible via the web; dissertations from prior years were also made available at that time.

The benefits of this partnership include: 

  • cost savings to students, who now only have to submit one print copy of their dissertation for inclusion in the University Libraries’ collections 
  • access to dissertations 24/7, with the ability to print a copy of the dissertation whenever needed
  • making the intellectual work of our graduates available to the world, increasing their potential citation impact

The University of Oklahoma plans to accept direct electronic deposit of theses by OU master’s degree candidates in the 2016 spring semester.

The ETDs are accessible via the SHAREOK platform, available at