As Research Impact & Open Scholarship Librarian, Willa assists faculty and graduate students in managing their research profiles and tracking and demonstrating the impact of their scholarly work.
Her current research looks at equitable scholarly communication, specifically governance and sustainability, from the perspectives of both systems and labor. Willa is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries Residency Interest Group (RIG), serving on its assessment team and subgroup on diversity residencies. She's also a board member of the Library Publishing Coalition and Secretary of NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.). Previously, she has served on the NASIG Digital Preservation Committee and the Library Publishing Coalition's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.
Willa Liburd Tavernier earned her MLIS from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa together with a graduate certificate in college teaching. She holds a Master of Laws from American University Washington College of Law, a Legal Education Certificate from Norman Manley Law School, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill. Before joining IU, Willa worked as a student specialist at the University of Iowa conducting bibliographic analysis of open access funded research and assisting with the administration of the institutional repository.