Rebecca Kennison Assigned as Visiting Program Officer for ARL/AAU/APLU SHARE Initiative
NEW YORK, November 21, 2013 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is pleased to announce that Rebecca Kennison, Director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, has been assigned as Visiting Program Officer to work on the development of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Association of American Universities (AAU), and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)’s initiative for enabling open access to federally funded research and data, called SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE).


ARL was recently awarded $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop the SHARE project. SHARE is a joint initiative of ARL, AAU, and APLU to collaboratively build a cross-institutional coordination framework for the long-term management and preservation of—and expansion of access to—the results of academic research. The initiative was made urgent by the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directing federal agencies to develop draft plans for the public deposit of research publications and data associated with federal funding.

Kennison will work with lead consultant Greg Tananbaum and ARL Program Director Judy Ruttenberg to coordinate the efforts of four SHARE Working Groups: Technology and Standards; PI Workflow; Repositories; and Communications. Kennison’s main role will be to ensure cohesive communication and decision-making input within and among the working groups. In the coming months, she will also work on behalf of SHARE to engage the university, library, research, funding, technology, intellectual property, and publishing communities to develop the project roadmap. While many aspects of SHARE can be implemented now, its vision is ambitious and requires a thoughtful and inclusive implementation process. 

“It is an honor to be selected for this position and in a very active way to help develop the SHARE initiative. I believe strongly in the initiative’s mission and its goal to maximize the value of research funding, and am looking forward to working with the university, research, funding, technology, intellectual property, and publishing communities to make this policy a success. SHARE will provide universities, especially via interoperable institutional repositories, with an invaluable and cost-effective opportunity to manage, preserve, and expand access to their research and scholarship,” said Kennison.

As Director of CDRS, Kennison is responsible for developing the programs and services of the Center and for coordinating these efforts with other CUL/IS divisions. Her primary objective for the Center is to facilitate scholarly research and the communication of that research through technology solutions, and she works with faculty and researchers to address the issues that affect them. Before coming to Columbia in 2007, she was Director of Content Services for Healthline Networks, an online consumer health website. From 2002-2006, she was Director of Production at the open-access publisher, Public Library of Science (better known as PLOS). She has also held positions with Cell Press, SilverPlatter Education, Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley-Blackwell), and Database Publishing.

To learn more about the SHARE initiative, please visit the SHARE webpage.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) works to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation. The Center engages in extensive outreach, education, and advocacy to ensure that the scholarly work produced at Columbia University has a global reach and accelerates the pace of research across disciplines. CDRS is one of six entities that comprise the Digital Programs and Technology Services branch of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

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