The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed Jennifer Osorio as a visiting program officer to the Leadership Research Project Task Force from October 2020 through May 2021. Osorio is the head of the International and Areas Studies Department at the UCLA Library.
As visiting program officer, Osorio will support the task force in its work to examine the gap between the current role played by leaders of research libraries and the role those leaders want to/should take with their libraries. She will analyze survey results and text mining of library dean/director job descriptions; interview ARL member representatives and other stakeholders, such as provosts and campus decision-makers; and complete an environmental scan of other leadership research projects.
At the UCLA Library, Osorio has served in a variety of leadership roles since 2009. She is a member of the library’s Strategic Directions Task Force and Management Council. She recently initiated and helped plan a two-day invitational symposium to assess the distinctive collections model, both at UCLA and at other Research 1 institutions. The results of the symposium are now helping the UCLA Library identify the necessary skills for staff and leadership working in these areas and the impact this new portfolio has on the existing executive library group’s library-wide decision-making.
“The opportunity for Jennifer to bring her expertise and proven leadership skills to this effort comes at a time when the profession is facing unparalleled economic pressures as well as a global pandemic that has exposed the urgent need to make substantive and lasting changes related to historically underrepresented or underserved people,” said Ginny Steel, the Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian at UCLA Library. “I look forward to having us, and all libraries, benefit from Jennifer’s work with ARL.”
Osorio holds a bachelor of arts in political science from University of Florida, a master of library science and a master of arts in Latin American studies from UCLA. She was an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2008–2009 and a 2015 attendee at the Harvard Leadership Institute. Osorio has a significant record of scholarship and has presented nationally and internationally. Her service includes library committees and national organizations and she is currently co-chairing the CALAFIA (Cooperative Latin American Collection Development Group) Cooperative Collections Group, a consortium of libraries in California, Oregon, and Washington.
The ARL Visiting Program Officer program provides opportunities for outstanding staff in ARL member libraries and archives to contribute to special projects and programs, either in whole or in part, in order to advance the agenda of the Association. Visit the ARL website for more information about the Visiting Program Officer program.
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.