I am thrilled to announce that digital preservation expert and scholarly communications leader Oya Y. Rieger will be joining Ithaka S+R as a Senior Advisor on our Libraries & Scholarly Communication team on July 1.


Oya has worked at Cornell University for over 25 years and currently is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources & Preservation Services. When Oya joins Ithaka S+R, she will continue her affiliation with Cornell, staying on as the program director of arXiv. She holds numerous leadership positions with national and international organizations, including the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), the Center for Open Science, and HathiTrust, and served previously with the OpenAIRE Sustainability Project. Since 2015, Oya has also been a member of the Advisory Board for our sister organization, Portico. Throughout her career, Oya has published widely on a range of topics including institutional and subject-based repositories, digital preservation, digital science, and developing sustainable business models for new forms of scholarly communication.

In recent years, Ithaka S+R’s Library and Scholarly Communication team has undertaken projects on the research practices and needs of faculty and students, emerging strategic directions for academic libraries, inter-institutional collaboration, and diversity and talent management in cultural organizations. As a major figure in the preservation and scholarly communications communities, Oya will add significant depth to our team. She will lead research and advisory projects that help to secure access to and preservation of the scholarly record, to reexamine the nature of collections within the research library, and to grapple with open source software and open science. Oya’s experience in these critical areas and her expertise in sustainable knowledge infrastructures will help us to contribute to the community.

As we set up projects in Oya’s areas of expertise, I welcome your ideas for how we can support your organization’s needs and strategic priorities.