Professional Development

Professional Development Intro

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

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

Key Administrative 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.

New Positions

New Positions & Personnel at OU Libraries

People are the core of our community at OU, and certainly they are the face of the libraries. We are committed to developing, supporting and growing our workforce, while expanding our core capabilities and competencies. The following new positions will better position OU Libraries to meet the research needs of 21st century scholarship.

Jeffrey Widener

GIS Librarian: In this newly created position, Jeff will lead the development of geospatial data services, programs and collections to meet the needs of the university's GIS user community. (View full announcement

Stacy Zemke

Open Educational Resources Coordinator: As OER Coordinator, Stacy will assist in the creation, promotion and utilization of open educational resources and open access content in support of OU's goal to reduce textbook costs through the development of open access educational resources. Prior to joining the University Libraries, Stacy was a term instructor for the School of Library and Information Studies and an OU IT faculty liaison and training coordinator.  

Brian Shults

Digitization Laboratory Coordinator: In this position, Brian will oversee the daily operations of the newly created digitization laboratory. Brian will provide leadership in making OU's special collections digitally accessible to researchers around the world.

Mark Laufersweiler

Research Data Specialist:  As University Libraries' first Research Data Specialist, Mark will strengthen the University's capacity to secure highly competitive grant funding, contribute to the development a of long-term data management infrastructure, assist faculty in the discovery of relevant existing data sets and other information, serve on grant teams for externally funded projects and engage in research and professional activity at the national and international level. Mark will split his time each week working both in Bizzell Memorial Library and also at the Research Campus of the University of Oklahoma.  (View full announcement)

Xiaoyu Duan

Humanities Cataloger: Xiaoyu graduated from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Xiaoyu gained extensive cataloging experience through the work in UIUC Libraries in helping connect users to library resources. As Humanities Cataloger, Xiaoyu's responsibilities include providing metadata and cataloging records to OU Libraries' resources in the humanities area, and helping with special projects such as the cataloging of Chinese materials.

David Corbly

Director of Repository Services: After fifteen years providing leadership for University Libraries'  technology, David has moved into a new position in which he will be working to grow the university's institutional repository system. Known as, the repository is a collaboration between OU and OSU--and eventually other institutions--to make available digitally to the world the entire intellectual output of the both institutions. Currently the repository contains OU and OSU dissertations, but it will grow in 2014 to include faculty open access publications, special collections, and other local resources.

Twila Camp

Library Web Services Manager: In this new position, Twila leads key strategic enhancements to the libraries' website and services to meet the growing demand for online research. Her goals will focus on responsive design, enhanced web presence, and the development of knowledge creation platforms to better facilitate student research.

Eric Zemke

Collaborative Learning Center Coordinator: As the Collaborative Learning Center Coordinator, Eric will manage this newly renovated space. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the CLC, including supervision of librarians, staff, and student employees. Eric will work collaboratively with library and information technology professionals to develop and deliver services and program offerings that meet the needs of faculty, students, and staff and enrich teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. 

Matt Cook

Emerging Technology Librarian: Our Emerging Technology Librarians will provide service in the newly renovated Collaborative Learning Center. They will provide one-on-one service to faculty, students, and staff using new and emerging technologies. The Emerging Technology Librarians will also investigate and evaluate technologies for potential adoption, provide instruction for users, develop online learning objects, coordinate projects, and supervise students working as peer consultants.

Cheryl McCain

First Year Experience Librarian: As our First Year Experience Librarian, Cheryl will focus on providing instructional services to our freshman, easing their transition from high school to college. Cheryl will be a member of the newly formed Undergraduate Services & Learning Initiatives Team. 

Larry Myers

Technical Project Management Specialist: As our technical project management specialist, Larry is critical in maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for our customers. Larry oversees the housekeeping and security operations within University Libraries and has played a vital role as liaison with the OU Facilities Management and Manhattan Construction as they work on renovations in Bizzell Memorial Library.

Brian Shults

Digitization Laboratory Coordinator. In this position, Brian oversees the daily operations of the newly created digitization laboratory. Brian provides leadership in making OU's special collections digitally accessible to researchers around the world.

Melissa Rickman

Registrar. As registrar for special collections, Melissa maintains an accurate inventory of the 5th floor special collections, manages the flow of rare books and other items to the Digitization Laboratory, Cataloging, and Conservation, and tracks the use of rare books within the special collections for teaching, research, and exhibitions.