It’s important to get your repository initiative off to a strong start, but you may have questions about how to do so. Whether you are looking to launch or reinvigorate your IR initiative, the resources collected here will provide guidance in building a foundation for success.

If you are interested in more specific aspects of repository management such as marketing and outreach, copyright, or staffing, please see the additional resources we have available in the DC Community Library.

For more intensive, hands-on training, take a look at our certification courses.

You can also contact us with questions or requests for examples and resources at any time at outreach@bepress.com.

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Bepress Guides

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Building a Framework for IR Success: A Roadmap, bepress

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Customization Guide for Digital Commons Repositories, bepress

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Next Steps: Your Repository from Set-up to Launch, bepress

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Tools for Building Successful Repository Initiatives, bepress

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User Manual: Administrator Configurations Guide, bepress

Blog Posts

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Starting a Repository: Best Practices from Your Peers, bepress

Digital Commons Webinars

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20 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Digital Commons, Eli Windchy

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On with the Show! Open Access Publishing as a Local Production, Janelle Wertzberger

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Paths to Repository Success at Any Stage, Ann Ellis, Ashley M. Thompson, and Kimberly J. Sawtelle

Forms, Checklists, and Workflow Documents

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Advocating for Scholarly Communication Issues: Getting Started, Jodi Tyron

Other Resources

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Building a Framework for IR Success: A Case Study on the Development of DigitalCommons @Brockport at the College of Brockport, bepress

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Building a Framework for IR Success: A Case Study on the Development of Scholar Commons at the University of South Florida, bepress

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Building a Framework for IR Success: A Case Study on the Development of ValpoScholar at Valparaiso University, bepress

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It Takes a Library: Growing a Robust Institutional Repository in Two Years, Todd Bruns, Stacey Knight-Davis, Ellen K. Corrigan, and J. Steve Brantley

Presentations

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Creating an Institutional Repository "on the Cheap", Brad Matthies and Kenetha Frisby

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How to Fill Your Institutional Repository: Or, Practical Lessons I Learned by Doing, Paul Royster

Videos

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Video: Digital Commons Repository Organization, bepress

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Video: Updating Sites: How to Ensure Changes Appear on the Repository, bepress