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.
Over the last few years, Digital Commons subscribers have launched hundreds of innovative new publications and collections, and bepress has rolled out a series of exciting improvements and expansions to the Digital Commons platform.
Whether you’ve been using Digital Commons for 6 months or 6 years, you may not be aware of some of the content types and display options available to Digital Common subscribers. In this presentation, bepress VP of Consulting Services Eli Windchy introduces some of the exciting developments we are seeing on Digital Commons repositories, including textbooks, data sets, and alumni content. She also explores some of the technical capabilities built into the system, including customized cover pages, alternative metrics, and custom readership messages for authors.
Over the past five years, institutional repositories have developed into essential components of the modern law library (over one-quarter of ABA accredited law schools now have one). However, devoting the time and resources to an IR when budgets are tight can feel like an uphill battle. That was the case at Washington and Lee University School of Law before they launched Scholarly Commons in 2011. At the time, it seemed like a risk, but two years later the benefits are clear.
In this webinar, law library faculty from Washington and Lee described their repository’s growth from a library “experiment” to a campus-wide initiative with the full support and participation of the Dean, the faculty, and the student body. The session covered key considerations for every law repository:
- Selecting a platform and determining the scope of the project
- Marketing the project to administration and faculty
- Archiving and publishing law reviews
- Mounting special collections and archives
- Managing copyright and permissions
- Recruiting participation through Selected Works faculty profiles
Thanks to a well-planned effort and a dedicated vision, the law library at Washington and Lee is now faced with the welcomed challenge of meeting increasing demand for its services. Whether you’re in the exploration and planning stages or at the helm of an existing repository, you’ll come away from this presentation with new strategies and inspiration for a successful initiative.
The functions of SSRN and Digital Commons can appear to overlap enough to raise concerns in some quarters. Faculty worried about download rankings, for example, will question the need to put their documents in both places.
In this webinar, James Donovan, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky, and Carol Watson, Director of the Law Library at the University of Georgia, discussed ways to allay this fear of the zero-sum download statistic. Instead of being competitors, SSRN and Digital Commons are sufficiently distinct to create a synergy that can exploit the advantages of each platform to more widely promote faculty scholarship.
Topics covered in this webinar include:
- The history of SSRN and the development of institutional repositories
- How to positively address faculty concerns about losing SSRN download statistics
- A statistical analysis of downloads on each platform and research behavior
- The strengths and advantages of each platform
A growing number of health care centers and medical schools are building repositories to collect, share, and preserve scholarly materials produced by their researchers and practitioners. What’s driving medical libraries to invest in this new technology despite a culture of dwindling resources? This webinar addresses these questions.
Showcasing undergraduate work in an institutional repository creates exciting opportunities for student authors, but the benefits extend far beyond that: the repository can also be used to improve and assess the work of current students. At the Claremont Colleges, undergraduate theses hosted in the repository are used to teach information literacy and writing skills to undergraduates and to facilitate cross-departmental assessment.
In this webinar, Sara Lowe and Sean Stone will discuss initiatives they created with colleague Char Booth to use existing repository collections to improve student learning outcomes and promote digital scholarship on campus.
Presenters: Sara Lowe, Assessment Officer and Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library Sean Stone, Science and Asian Studies Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library
Library Services for the Self-Interested Law School: Enhancing the Visibility of Faculty Scholarship
Recent waves of budget cuts have law librarians asking themselves how they can better promote their law library’s value to campus. Simon Canick, Associate Dean of Information Resources at William Mitchell College of Law, suggests one such way is to evaluate law library services with a new perspective that supports faculty scholarship. With a creative and acute vision, law librarians can illustrate how recent profound changes in legal education and the motivators of today’s law professors are changing.
Visibility and impact are important to faculty authors, but many don't understand how copyright transfer agreements may limit their ability to share their work. In this webinar, Ann Viera and Peter Fernandez of the Pendergrass Agriculture-Veterinary Medicine Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville describe an innovative outreach program they developed to coach authors on copyright and make it easy for faculty to maximize their visibility using SelectedWorks profile pages.
- Helping faculty understand copyright transfer agreements
- Explaining how to negotiate to retain more copyright assets
- Teaching authors how to promote and share their work online
- Coaching faculty on managing their online reputations
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 introduces “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 is 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 share two highly successful approaches to managing ETDs within the repository.
The presentation covers 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 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