University Libraries Hires Research Data Specialist

Sarah Robbins

The University Libraries is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Mark Laufersweiler. Mark will serve as University Libraries’ first Research Data Specialist.  Dr. Mark Laufersweiler

In this role, Mark with strengthen the University’s capacity to secure highly competitive grant funding, contribute to the development a of long-term data management infrastructure, assist faculty in the discovery of relevant existing data sets and other information, serve on grant teams for externally funded projects and engage in research and professional activity at the national and international level.  This newly created position positions University Libraries to better support campus research initiatives as aspired to in our latest strategic plan, New Horizons for OU Libraries.

Mark will split his time each week working both in Bizzell Memorial Library and also at the Research Campus of the University of Oklahoma.

Mark comes to University Libraries from the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to his work there, he served in a wide variety of positions in several universities related to technology, research and research data.


Sarah Robbins
Sarah Robbins

Sarah Robbins is the Director of Public Relations & Strategic Initiatives for the University of Oklahoma Libraries. She also is an adjunct instructor with the School of Library and Information Studies. Sarah holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies as well as a Masters of Education with an emphasis on Adult & Higher Education both from OU.

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