Staff Directory

Jennifer O'Brien Roper

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Roper, Jennifer O'Brien

Director, Digital Strategies

Acquisitions & Discovery

jroper at


Alderman 215A

Mailing Address:

University of Virginia Library
PO Box 400109
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4109

As the Interim Senior Director for Scholarly Resources and Content Strategy, Jennifer provides vision and direction for the teams focused on collection management, stacks maintenance, interlibrary loan, digitization, acquisitions, and metadata.

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 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.