Jennifer O'Brien Roper
Director of Digital Strategies and Scholarly Communications
Shannon 108 A

Job summary

As the Director, Digital Strategies and Scholarly Communication, Jennifer provides vision and direction for teams focused on metadata and discovery of resources, digitization, the institutional repository and library publishing platforms, and advocacy for and support of sustainable scholarly communication models.

Professional profile

Jennifer is committed to innovative approaches to organizational structures, workflows and the use of technology to enhance and expand intellectual access to information resources. She has been involved with a variety of professional groups including leadership roles within the Core division of the American Library Association, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). Jennifer also serves as a mentor for services offered by the American Library Association to assist new library professionals in developing their careers. Prior to joining the University of Virginia Library in 2008, Jennifer provided cataloging for circulating collections and initiated the rare book cataloging program at North Carolina State University, cataloged rare books and processed manuscripts at Wake Forest University, and established metadata standards as the inaugural metadata librarian at the University of Maryland. Jennifer has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.