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.
Many small schools worry that they don’t have the resources to launch and run a successful institutional repository initiative. It might come as a surprise that their very smallness comes with sizable advantages. At Dominican University of California, Michael Pujals, Scholarly Communications Librarian, has identified and successfully drawn on these advantages to build a thriving initiative in a short amount of time, including offering services for conference and journal hosting, thesis and capstone publication, and individual scholar pages for faculty members.
Over the course of the webinar, Michael shares some of the secrets to his success, addressing topics such as:
- Making the most of limited resources
- Successfully engaging faculty
- Securing the support of upper administration
Attendees will leave the webinar with concrete tips and tricks that they can apply at their own institutions.
Readership statistics are critical measures of impact for authors and administrators alike. However, distinguishing between computers and human readers of repository content presents a significant technical challenge to the open access community. While some bots are out there are crawling your content to get it indexed in places like Google and other search engines, others are trying to mimic humans and inflate your download counts. At bepress, we've been battling to filter out the nefarious invaders for more than a decade to keep these open access infestation problems away from Digital Commons repositories. In this webinar, we share our ongoing and multi-faceted approach to identifying and filtering activity from robot sources for Digital Commons repositories.
Impact is a frequently used, but rarely defined term. This is especially true in the field of open access and scholarly communication. What do we mean when we talk about the impact of open access? What do we measure and why?
At bepress we’ve selected 100 examples that demonstrate concrete outcomes of sharing work open access. While the individual stories are remarkable on their own, when we looked at the entire dataset, some clear categories emerged. In this webinar, Senior Outreach Associate Promita Chatterji discusses a framework for understanding the impact of open access. She shares individual stories and show how they fall into patterns organized in relation to the person or group experiencing the benefit: the reader, author, or the institution. Having a specific vocabulary for defining impact can be valuable on many levels for the library and the institution; this presentation will provide you tools and resources to help you get started.
On August 3, we introduced a new way for you to help match your faculty to funding opportunities, speaking engagements, and professional collaborations: the Expert Gallery. Designed to showcase your institution’s researchers by their areas of expertise and leveraging the rich data in SelectedWorks, the Expert Gallery serves the needs of multiple offices across campus, including Marketing and Communications and the Office of Research. This webinar provides a brief demonstration of the Expert Gallery, tips on how to best prepare your SelectedWorks profiles to take full advantage, and suggestions for working with other offices on campus.
Digital Commons is built for showcasing your institution and comes out of the box with eye-catching display capabilities. But did you know that there are additional options available that will make your repository even more attractive and engaging? In this webinar, Stephen Fisk, Consultant at bepress, shares some of the fun “bells and whistles” you can add to your Digital Commons repository that are designed specifically for enhancing visitor experience even further. From adding timelines and interactive maps to customizing buttons, Stephen shares some of his favorite lesser-known features that can be implemented easily and immediately.
How do you know when your repository initiative is successful? Over the course of this webinar, Morgan Ziontz and Benny Nyikos of bepress, highlight some of the tools and initiatives available to help the community measure and share the success of their goals, including repository benchmarking and the new Digital Commons dashboard. They also discuss how your benchmarking numbers and data from your dashboard can be used to gauge your progress over time.
Library deans and directors continue to search for ways to align with the university's strategic initiatives. For many, integrating with larger campus priorities is a necessary step to keep the library from falling into obsolescence.
- How can I prevent the library from being left out of important campus research and teaching initiatives?
- How can we use scarce resources to serve so many different constituents with such different needs?
- How do we make the transition from content gatekeepers to coaches and consultants?
Successful libraries are already demonstrating how the IR is an essential part of campus infrastructure and an indispensable library service that affects institutional funding and visibility, research, and student learning and recruitment.
Drawing from the Digital Commons community of over 400 institutions, the webinar shares data and examples of crucial IR services and their impact on all corners of campus: faculty, students, centers and departments, and the institution as a whole.
Do you have a seat at the table with the Provost and the President? Library Director Scott Walter at DePaul University does. By striking up relationships with unlikely, but strategic, partners on campus, he has raised the visibility of the repository and of the library across campus. Through these partnerships, the library is poised to provide crucial services that support high-level, strategic institutional goals such as increasing enrollment and bringing in more research funding.
Join Scott for a webinar in which he’ll discuss his strategies for raising the profile of the repository and the library across campus. He’ll talk about some of the strategic partnerships he’s formed, provide tips on getting repository services out there, and share some best practices that he’s learned along the way.
As requirements for data capture and sharing increase, offices of research are looking for partners in providing these services. Guess what? They are looking for you. They are looking for your repository services. You, in turn, find a valuable partner in identifying faculty data and research needs and embed yourself more deeply into the research ecosystem.
At Utah State University, Betty Rozum, Data Services Coordinator, and the repository team, led by Becky Thoms, have worked with their Office of Research and other campus stakeholders, such as Central IT, to provide exemplary data support services to USU faculty. During the webinar, Betty and Becky discuss how they’ve built this mutually beneficial relationship, what the partnership looks like, and how their resulting collaborations have supported larger institutional goals. They’ll also share strategies for making the connection with your own office of research.
Libraries are feeling more and more pressure to support faculty’s evolving digital needs—it’s a major way in which the library can integrate with larger institutional initiatives. How can librarians keep up with the changes and provide relevant services?
Last year, six institutions of varying sizes distributed a faculty survey designed to uncover exactly this. In this webinar, Promita Chatterji, Senior Outreach Associate at bepress, will discuss the results of the survey and what they mean. She’ll also provide an overview of how different institutions have used the results as a basis for new and innovative repository services.