Bepress regularly hosts webinars and live events on a variety of topics related to IR management, development, and success. Presented by both bepress and Digital Commons community members, these webinars share innovative ideas and best practices for building an IR that is of clear value to the academic, professional, and regional communities it serves. To find out about upcoming webinars, please visit our Events page. You can find New Feature Webinars in the Reference Materials section.
A successful institutional repository manager at a smaller institution has to be something of an evangelist: someone who has a vision for the services the IR can provide and a gift for telling that story in a way that connects with faculty, administration, researchers – and also librarians. At Gettysburg College, Janelle Wertzberger has a compelling narrative for communicating the goals and contributions of The Cupola, Gettysburg’s institutional repository.
In this webinar, Janelle will introduce “act one” of The Cupola’s story: where the repository initiative started, how it has developed, and where it's going next. In addition to demonstrating the crucial role of institutional repositories in the expanding movement for open-access scholarship, Janelle’s presentation will be useful for anyone who is looking for effective ways of setting goals, measuring success, and reporting that success to stakeholders and contributors, and especially relevant if your institution does not have dedicated repository staff.
Electronic publication of graduate theses and dissertations is one of the most popular and important functions of today’s institutional repository, but ETDs come with unique sets of concerns. In this webinar, library faculty from Western University and Eastern Illinois University will share two highly successful approaches to managing ETDs within the repository.
The presentation will cover key considerations for ETDs, including:
- Increased readership and other benefits
- Submission and publication workflows
- Open access and embargoes
As law schools are looking for ways to trim their budgets, libraries can protect themselves from cuts by demonstrating their value to the institution. In this webinar, Ben Carlson and Lori Strickler of Villanova University School of Law will describe how they’ve improved the library’s visibility and provided a valued service with their Digital Repository.
One of the goals of the Villanova Digital Repository is to involve stakeholders from across the institution, but working with a large number of people and departments brings unique challenges. Ben and Lori will discuss both the benefits and the challenges of the Digital Repository initiative, and outline their strategies and recommendations for launching a successful law repository:
- Recruiting participation from within and outside the law school
- Balancing multiple stakeholders’ visions for the project
- Managing implementation
- Technical tools for communication and project management
We often talk about the benefits of open-access publishing in terms of readership, measured by download counts. With over 350,000 downloads over the past 3 years, the Australian Journal of Teacher Education certainly reflects that story. But AJTE’s experience also demonstrates a virtuous circle leading to more submissions, a higher quality and quantity of published articles, and a greater international impact. In this webinar, Julia Gross, Janice Chan, and Tony Fetherston of Edith Cowan University will talk about the library and Research Online’s role in making this growth possible. The presentation is recommended for journal editors, potential editors, repository administrators, library-publishers, and anyone who’s interested in open-access, library-led publishing.
In a case study of AcademyHealth's eGEMs, this webinar makes a strong case for open-access publishing, addressing common concerns about the quality of scholarship and the rigor of the peer review process in new publishing models.
Launched in 2012, eGEMs is designed to keep pace with the rapid growth in the availability of electronic clinical data for research and practice, focusing on the process that leads to research findings rather than solely on the end results. In this fast-moving research environment, eGEMs uses the Digital Commons platform to speed the pace of traditional peer-reviewed publication, share cutting-edge methods and technical procedures with a wide audience, and facilitate dialogue and collaboration between health-systems researchers.
An exploration of the varied and sometimes unexpected sources of repository readership, including the Digital Commons Network, library and departmental websites, built-in cover pages, and social media. The presentation includes useful examples and tips for making sure your target audiences are connecting with your content.
Presented by Mark Roquet, MLIS, Scholarly Communication Advisor at bepress
In November 2012, bepress launched the Digital Commons Network, which brings together scholarship from the hundreds of colleges and universities that use the Digital Commons repository platform. The integration of individual institutional repositories and the emphasis on the browsing experience make this collection of free, full-text, scholarly articles a unique and innovative resource for researchers, authors, students, and libraries. In this webinar, bepress President and CEO Jean-Gabriel Bankier presents a tour of the Digital Commons Network, describes the impetus behind its creation, and presents early evidence of its impact.
IRs Supporting Community Engagement, Part 3: Open-Access Transportation Research at Purdue University
David Scherer, the Scholarly Repository Specialist at Purdue University, describes the rewards of the partnership between Purdue's repository, e-Pubs, and Indiana's Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP). David and his team at e-Pubs have worked to archive and showcase the fruits of over 75 years of strong collaboration between Purdue University and what is now the Indiana Department of Transportation--research that has a significant impact on the safe and efficient operation of transportation systems throughout Indiana, the United States, and around the world. David discusses the benefits that the IR’s partnership with the program has yielded for the library, the JTRP, and the wider community, and suggests strategies for forging similar partnerships at your own institution.
Institutional repositories (IRs) aren't just for big schools with big budgets; they are quickly developing into essential components of every law library’s information architecture in the digital age. With the right technology and a clear vision in place, institutions of any size can build a successful showcase for the full range of their research and scholarship.
At Santa Clara Law School, David Holt has strategically leveraged limited resources to build Santa Clara Law Digital Commons into a rich and diverse repository that already contains nearly 4,000 objects and has logged over 300,000 downloads from over 150 countries in the past year—all without a single full-time employee exclusively devoted to the project. In this webinar, David outlines some keys to his success:
- Defining the mission and setting goals for the repository
- Developing collections: Law reviews, special collections, faculty publications, and beyond
- Distributing workflows economically
- Encouraging faculty participation
- Promoting the IR
The presentation is of interest for law schools who are considering launching a repository as well as those who are in the mature stages of their IR initiatives.
IRs Supporting Community Engagement, Part 2: Regional Research at Brockport (SUNY) and UMass (Amherst)
Institutional repositories can play a key role in a college or university’s mission to serve the greater community. At the College at Brockport (SUNY), Kim Myers views the repository as an ideal venue for supporting and sharing regional, community-oriented scholarship. SUNY Brockport has long been a center for Great Lakes research, but for years this valuable research was housed primarily on one professor’s computer. Working with Professor Joseph Makarewicz, Kim has created an IR collection to archive and disseminate these research articles, government documents, community newsletters, and technical reports.
At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian Marilyn Billings works with university administration, research centers, and departments across campus to make the IR the showcase for the university’s community-engaged scholarly work. Encompassing thousands of theses and dissertations, oral histories, outreach programs, journals, newsletters, and policy papers, the IR’s Community-Engagement collections also provide a central location for documenting the university’s eligibility for the Carnegie Elective Classification in Community Engagement. In this webinar, Kim and Marilyn will share their distinct experiences and motivations for mounting regional, community-oriented IR collections, the role of the IR collections in gaining grants and supporting continued research, and the benefits that open-access to such scholarship brings to the local community.