Marisa Ramirez is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a digital repository that provides online open access to scholarship and research produced by Cal Poly faculty and students. She collaborates with academic departments and administrative units across campus to bring new visibility to Cal Poly scholarly, intellectual and creative work.
Prior to joining Cal Poly, she was the digital repository coordinator for the Arizona Memory Project (http://azmemory.lib.az.us), a statewide digital library initiative based out of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Department. In this position, she led the initiative in developing, implementing, monitoring and promoting the digital archive.
As an MLS student, she was one of the first recipients of the UNC-SILS CRADLE fellowship, and was active in digital library projects including serving as a student assistant for Documenting the American South project as well as serving on a digital project for Smithsonian Institution Libraries celebrating artifacts related to the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838 to 1842. While at SILS, she served as President of ILSSA, and she received the UNC Outstanding Service to the School Award in 2005.
"The education and experience I received at UNC-SILS is of the highest caliber in our field. The SILS faculty is not only focused on teaching and learning, but also actively integrates research into the curriculum. I felt well-prepared for the workforce after I graduated from SILS, and the relationships with my fellow students and SILS faculty have become some of the most important in my life."
Her current research interests include digital preservation and curation, the role of technology in social networking exchanges, and the adoption and use cycles of new information technologies. Many of her publications are available at: http://works.bepress.com/marisa_ramirez/. She is also active in ASIS&T and ACRL.