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.
At Eastern Illinois University, Institutional Repository Librarian Todd Bruns, Head of Reference Steve Brantley, and Head of Library Technology Services Stacey Knight-Davis have implemented some innovative services and programs for engaging faculty. From training liaison librarians to become “scholarly communication coaches” to conducting a university-wide survey of the faculty’s digital scholarship needs, Bruns, Brantley, and Knight-Davis have been proactive in bringing new services to the entire campus through the repository initiative.
This webinar, presented by Stacey, will share some of the work that they have done to engage faculty, particularly focusing on their success with the faculty survey. They will provide some great tips and tricks for getting, and keeping, faculty engaged.
Many libraries are eager to support data needs on their campus, but it can be daunting to take the first steps. From preserving and sharing data to metadata, storage, and technological capacity, you’ll probably have a few questions along the way. The good news is that Digital Commons is a flexible platform that can meet the majority of your campus’ data-sharing needs.
Since launching our data initiative two years ago, we’ve collected a myriad of stories, examples of datasets, and best practices for publishing data. This presentation shows you what works and what to focus on when getting your data program up and running. If you’ve seen our previous webinars on data, you’ll want to tune in to this one: in addition to exciting new examples, we’ll share results of our Data Pioneers program, which followed 15 schools as they got started supporting data at their library. You have the tools to get started with data—we’ll show you how.
As the rising cost of textbooks continues to burden students, some libraries have begun to facilitate the creation and sharing of Open Educational Resources. At Portland State University, Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork has worked with faculty on campus to publish five new open textbooks in their repository, PDXScholar, all as part of a Provost-backed initiative. The initiative aligns with their institutional mission of better serving the student body: in their first term of use, the open textbooks saved students nearly $24,000!
Over the course of the presentation, Karen discusses the Provost’s initiative and how the library continues to work with faculty to create open resources. She’ll also go over some of the specific workflows they’ve used and provide best practices for those interested in working with their own faculty on OER.
Digital scholarship is changing dramatically for faculty, and libraries are under pressure to understand and support their needs as they evolve. In addition to their formal publications, faculty are interested in sharing and managing a wide variety of materials, from datasets to images, audio, technical reports, course materials, syllabi, and more. By understanding the changing nature of faculty needs, libraries can play a key role in supporting this scholarship. In this presentation, Promita Chatterji of the bepress Outreach team discusses major trends in digital scholarship and present a variety of ways to support these new directions.
Responding to increased student textbook costs, educators, institutions, and even state legislators are focusing their attention on Open Educational Resources (OER). In addition to saving money for students, OER allow authors and educators to continually adapt their teaching tools, bypass high textbook costs, and create, share, and access global curricular resources.
In this webinar, Danielle Maestretti and Michelle Barron-Lutzross of bepress Consulting Services discuss ways to integrate OER into the institutional repository, a strategy that allows libraries to play a pivotal role in the success of OER on campus. We parse recent research on OER, describe strategies for faculty awareness and engagement, and share examples from successful OER collections in several IRs.
Your campus may be regularly hosting conferences and other events; what happens to the valuable scholarship presented over the course of the event? And do the conference organizers at your institution have an efficient and simple way to manage the submission, review, and acceptance process? At Georgia Southern University, the Zach S. Henderson Library has partnered with the Division of Continuing Education and other offices on campus to not only host 19 conferences on Digital Commons@Georgia Southern but also help the conference organizers streamline their review workflows. These successful partnerships have led to some additional, unexpected benefits, such as the opportunity to publish five new peer-reviewed journals stemming from the conferences.
Over the course of this webinar, Ashley Lowery, Digital Collections Specialist, and Debra Skinner, Coordinator of Cataloging & Metadata / Interim Department Head of Collection & Resource Services at Georgia Southern shared how they formed these valuable partnerships, how they manage multiple conference sites, and the benefits that have resulted from this work.
A number of new rubrics purport to rank repositories against each other, from most to least successful according to specific frameworks. What are these rubrics actually measuring, though, and do they reflect how the institutional repository (IR) community measures its own success?
With nearly 400 repositories as a sample group, we looked at how the IR community typically measures progress -- the results suggest that we needed a new, platform-agnostic framework that allows institutions tomeasure themselves against their own unique missions and goals.
In this webinar, Ann Connolly, Director of Outreach and Scholarly Communication at bepress, proposes a model that moves beyond one-size-fits-all ranking and instead focuses on benchmarking.
Undergraduate research initiatives are cropping up at institutions across the country, highlighting the need for undergraduate publication venues. Colleges and universities are finding that publishing undergraduate work not only completes the research cycle for emerging scholars; it also showcases the quality of an institution’s student work to prospective students and their parents, as well as to prospective faculty members.
At Colby College, Suzi Cole, Scholarly Resources & Services, Sciences Librarian, and Martin Kelly, Assistant Director for Digital Collections, collaborate with the Environmental Studies program to publish the Colby Environmental Assessment Team’s projects in Digital Commons @ Colby, in addition to a variety of other projects. And at Utah State University, Betty Rozum, Associate Dean for Technical Services, has worked extensively with the Physics department to bring more visibility to their student work in DigitalCommons@USU. She and Becky Thoms, Head of Digital Initiatives, are now working to engage additional departments across campus.
Over the course of this webinar, the presenters discuss their respective projects, the benefits to students and to the institution, and tips for pursuing similar projects on your own campuses.
Presented by Suzi Cole, Scholarly Resources & Services, Sciences Librarian at Colby College, Martin Kelly, Assistant Director for Digital Collections at Colby College, Becky Thoms, Head of Digital Initiatives at Utah State University, and Betty Rozum, Associate Dean for Technical Services at Utah State University.
Unencumbered by the limitations inherent to print-only publications, the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs has become much more than a journal: it now includes associated lectures, symposia, and even a streaming podcast. This interdisciplinary, open-access forum is published jointly by Penn State's School of Law and School of International Affairs.
In this webinar, Editor-in-Chief Breanna Atwood and Managing Editor of Articles Adam Martin share the story of this born-digital journal's launch and ongoing success.
Faculty have a wide variety of needs around their research and teaching that can be met through repository services. But how do you go about uncovering these? And how can you partner with faculty to provide solutions? At Cleveland State University, the library collaborates with faculty and departments on projects such as: capturing and sharing conferences; publishing scholarly journals; and creating and disseminating open educational resources. These endeavors have led to additional opportunities in other areas, such as working with students and with the greater Cleveland community. In this webinar, Barbara Loomis, Project Coordinator, Marsha Miles, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Theresa Nawalaniec, Sciences and Engineering/Philosophy Librarian at Cleveland State’s Michael Schwartz Library will discuss their work with faculty and departments and the other projects that these have often led to.