May 25, 2022

Librarians: Iowa State University’s Harrison Inefuku Named to Des Moines Register’s “15 People to Watch in 2015” List

We don’t see librarians on these types of lists all that often (why not?) so it’s not only exciting for Harrison Inefuku and his ISU colleagues but also for the entire library profession and OA movement. Congrats and kudos Harrison!!!

From the Des Moines Register:

Harrison Inefuku, 30, was hired by Iowa State University in 2012 to digitize thousands of hard-copy scholarly works and sort them in what’s called a digital repository. That’s a fancy term for a free digital library.

Inefuku was recommended as one of the Register’s 15 People to Watch in 2015 by Karen Lawson, associate professor and associate dean, collections and technical services, of the Iowa State University Library.

In her nomination letter, Lawson notes that “workers at public institutions are often unsung,” and describes Inefuku “as the face and voice for open access to public research for all of us.”


Inefuku’s next step is to encourage more undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work to the repository.

Ben Sloan, who graduated last year with a master’s in mechanical engineering from ISU, said it took a strong pitch to persuade him.

“(Inefuku) needed to sell it to me. He said it was a way to showcase my research and not have it behind a paywall, so it could be shared with anyone,” Sloan said.

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See Also: Material Written by Harrison Inefuku (via Digital Repository @ Iowa State University/bepress)

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