Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D.

Ixchel Faniel is Research Scientist for OCLC Research. In this position she is working on projects associated with the User Behavior Studies & Synthesis activities theme. Ixchel also has an interest in the Research Information Management activities theme. She is currently studying the reuse of university research in industry.

She is also Principal Investigator on the DIPIR (Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse) project, an IMLS-funded study. Along with Elizabeth Yakel at the University of Michigan (Co-Principal Investigator) and collaborators at The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context, Ixchel is studying data reuse in three academic disciplines. The team plans to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved.

Ixchel joined OCLC Research in 2011 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on Lynn Silipigni Connaway's team. Prior to joining OCLC Research, Ixchel was an Assistant Professor at the School of Information, University of Michigan. She earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Information Systems) from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. She also has a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University and has worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and IBM.

Curriculum vitae (PDF: 151K/8 pp.)


  • Role of Libraries in Data Curation

Contact Ixchel


O: +1-614-764-4370

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.