We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Bryant, PhD, who will join OCLC Research as a Senior Program Officer in June. In this position, Rebecca will lead and develop areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management, contributing to our thematic focus on Research Collections and Support.
Rebecca now serves as Project Manager for Researcher Information Services in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she has led a campus-wide effort to implement the Elsevier Pure research information management system (RIMS), rebranded locally as Illinois Research Connections. She previously served as Director of Community at ORCID where she led outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community, particularly promoting adoption and integration within universities worldwide. Prior to ORCID, she spent a decade in the University of Illinois Graduate College as Assistant Dean leading a diverse set of operations and initiatives, including the establishment of graduate career services and postdoctoral affairs, as well as oversight of academic policies. She has extensive experience defining and launching new technology initiatives within the research university setting, including Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) and serving as a project leader on the system-wide Banner ERP implementation team at Illinois. Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.