The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed Cynthia Hudson-Vitale to the position of director, Scholars and Scholarship, beginning on January 4, 2021. Cynthia’s career in research libraries has been scholar-facing and technology- and data-intensive. Most recently she served as the head of Research Informatics and Publishing at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, where she led a team focused on enhancing the technology-driven research and publishing capacity of faculty and students. In this role, she built and enhanced library collaborations and services in the areas of data science, digital humanities, research data management and curation, open-access publishing, and maps & geographic information systems (GIS).
Cynthia has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on grants in the areas of digital scholarship, data curation training and education, and data sharing, totaling millions of dollars. Her areas of expertise include information architecture, research data management and curation, open science, and scholarly communications.
As a member of ARL’s Scholarship and Policy Team, Cynthia will represent and advance the Association’s Scholars & Scholarship program with key partners, allies, and joint ventures to promote ARL’s broad mission of open, equitable scholarly communication, information stewardship, and publishing. She will analyze the global landscape of open science and open scholarship, and work with research, higher education, information technology, and government agencies on institutional and public policy issues that arise from new and emerging practices in research, teaching, and learning. Serving as a staff lead to the Scholars and Scholarship Committee, Cynthia will advance research library engagement and representation in such critical areas as open science and digital scholarship policy and practice.
“I am delighted to welcome Cynthia to the ARL team,” said Mary Lee Kennedy, ARL’s executive director. “Together with the senior director of Scholarship and Policy and the new director of Information Policy, Cynthia will expand ARL’s scholar-informed advocacy work to advance barrier-free access to information. We are at a critical juncture where access to information is vital for meeting the immediate needs of our society. We’re glad to continue working on this effort with these two great additions to our team.”
Prior to joining Penn State Libraries, Cynthia spent a number of years building and enhancing research data services and providing liaison services at Washington University in St. Louis in collaboration with colleagues across the institution.
“Libraries are key partners, collaborators, and service providers in computational research, research data support, and open publishing initiatives. I’m honored and excited to join ARL to advance these initiatives at the national and international level on behalf of ARL libraries,” said Cynthia Hudson-Vitale.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise; advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.