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.
Data management can seem daunting, especially when you’re working with a granting body or laboratory that has stringent requirements for documentation, preservation, and accessibility. At the Comparative Cognition Lab at Illinois Wesleyan University, the IR has become a critical part of the research process.
Learn how Dr. Ellen Furlong and her students use the IR as a data-management tool to facilitate research examining the similarities and differences between human and animal reasoning and decision-making.
In this webinar, Dr. Furlong joins forces with IR manager Stephanie Davis-Kahl and a student researcher to give us a view into the lab’s research, the importance of ethics and data documentation in the field, and finally how the lab uses the IR as both a research and teaching tool that trains students in best practices for data management.
One of the most common questions we encounter is, “How are others staffing their IR initiatives?” Kim Myers, Digital Repository Specialist at The College at Brockport and a 2014 bepress IR All-Star, has come up with some creative solutions that not only help address lean staffing situations but also develop invaluable feelings of investment and ownership among a broad base of stakeholders both inside and outside the library.
In this webinar, Kim shares the strategies that have led to 68% of Brockport’s library staff participating in repository projects in a variety of ways. In addition, several of Kim’s colleagues at Brockport’s Drake Memorial Library share their experiences combining Digital Commons with other duties.
Building Special Collections: Lessons from Digitizing, Organizing, and Archiving the Sam Sheppard Collection
Special collections showcase unique and rare holdings for any library; they can increase visibility and access far beyond the library’s borders. Join us to hear about the process of building one such collection at Engaged Scholarship@CSU, Cleveland State University's repository.
CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library was gifted with 50-plus boxes of materials from the 1954 Sam Sheppard trial. Learn how the library made strategic choices with image collections, timelines, and other customizations to tackle this major project.
Now well into building a showcase for the collection in EngagedScholarship@CSU, Rebecca Mattson, Collection Development Librarian, and Susan Altmeyer, Digital Content Librarian, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, discuss the library's workflow and all the challenges along the way.
Establishing yourself as a visible scholarly communications expert on your campus is a great way to get faculty and students to come to you with questions, ideas, and content for your IR. But how do you become such an expert and let your service community know how you can help?
Jonathan Bull at Valparaiso University and Lucretia McCulley at the University of Richmond have both cultivated their expertise over time and are now the go-to people on their respective campuses for a variety of questions, projects, and needs. These range from authors’ rights issues and data management to publishing student work. In addition to explaining how they became experts in scholarly communications, Jon and Lucretia will share successful outreach ideas, messages that connected with their stakeholders, and their strategies for staying on top of the rapidly changing scholarly communications landscape.
Changes are on the horizon for law schools as they find innovative ways to showcase their legal scholarship in times of shrinking budgets. Learn how Duke Law, Penn State, Berkeley, Fordham, Washington and Lee, and other top-tier law schools are using their institutional repositories to not only publish law reviews and faculty papers, but also showcase their historical collections, alumni content, data sets, textbooks, and lectures.
In this presentation, Benjamin Gaunt and Jami Wardlow of bepress introduce some of the exciting developments we are seeing on Digital Commons law school repositories. They also explore some of the technical capabilities built into the system, including customized cover pages, alternative metrics, and custom readership messages for authors.
Presented by Benjamin Gaunt and Jami Wardlow, Consulting Services, bepress Digital Commons
Looking to grow your IR? When identifying new projects, don’t overlook Special Collections!
Increasing the discoverability of and access to rare collections can help researchers, enhance your institution’s visibility, and drive valuable traffic to your repository.
In this webinar, Benjamin Gaunt and Michele Gibney of the bepress Digital Commons Consulting Services team explain the transformative impact of digitized special collections, sharing download statistics, LIS scholarship, and examples from the Digital Commons community. Ben and Michele also explore how Digital Commons can effectively showcase a variety of multimedia materials and share strategies for outreach and uploading workflows.
Presented by Michele Gibney, MLIS, and Benjamin Gaunt, bepress Digital Commons
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.