The UO Libraries' Grants and Awards Committee is pleased to announce Jonathan Cain as the 2019 recipient of the Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari Fellowship Recognition Award for his outstanding contributions to the University of Oregon, UO Libraries, and the library profession. Cain has been a member of the library faculty for five years; since 2017 he has also served as head of data services, a department he was instrumental in founding.
"His ability to build relationships, [his] tireless work ethic, and collaborative mindset are assets to the Libraries, and being his colleague has been a highlight of work at the University of Oregon," wrote one library employee in a letter supporting his nomination.
Cain joined the University of Oregon Libraries in 2014 as the Government Information Librarian, a role in which he oversaw the Local and Regional Document Archive and liaised with government agencies to include them in the institutional repository. In 2016 he became the librarian for data initiatives and Public Policy, Planning and Management (PPPM). In this position Cain liaised with UO's PPPM program, led the Research Data Management Initiative, and spearheaded a number of endeavors to support digital scholarship at UO. As of 2017, he has also served as data services head while maintaining his librarian role. He has created and oversees the Data Services Department, partnered with entities on campus and other departments in the libraries to conceptualize and actualize data- and digital-research support services and workshops, and developed and taught a credit-bearing course on research data and records management.
Cain's award nomination cited his collaborative working style and proactive leadership. His recommendation letters consistently praised his initiative, dedication, and innovation at UO Libraries, as well as his outstanding outreach efforts on campus and beyond Eugene to expand the digital frontiers of data literacy and library support.
One letter of nomination reflected, "I have noticed how he lifts up his fellow staff and librarians by recognizing the often-invisible work we do, the talents that all types of staff and librarian positions have, and by identifying ways to collaborate and create new partnerships."
Another noted, "Jonathan is a positive agent for change in the UO Libraries . . . the energy and enthusiasm with which he undertakes new and challenging responsibilities is infectious."