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.
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.
Despite the proliferation of faculty profile services, faculty are struggling to create a compelling online presence that fully represents the breadth of their work. They need and want help. At the same time, many libraries are struggling with ways to connect with their faculty to better understand their needs.
At Boise State University, SelectedWorks is helping the library solve both of these problems at once. The service has effectively become a gateway for the library to connect with faculty, learn more about their interests, and tailor broader library services to meet faculty research needs, including the need for a professional scholarly online presence. Over the course of this webinar, Michelle Armstrong, Head of Scholarly Communication and Data Management at Boise State’s Albertsons Library, will discuss:
- why it’s the library that should be providing these services,
- the nuts and bolts of how they are actually doing this work, and
- how these activities fit into larger institutional initiatives.
Attendees will leave the presentation with ideas on how faculty profile services can help make that human connection with faculty.
Aligning the library’s activities with larger institutional goals is key for library deans and directors. For many, integrating with larger campus priorities is a necessary step to strengthen the relevance of the library. Repository initiatives can play an important role here, at both large and small institutions. But how?
The libraries at Missouri University of Science and Technology and at Linfield College have provided support for many of the top-level strategic initiatives through innovative repository services, including student recruitment and retention, community engagement, and research and data support. Over the course of this webinar, Roger Weaver and Maggie Trish of MST and Kathleen Spring of Linfield College will discuss how they have sought out faculty and administrative needs, and strategically adapted their repository programs to meet them. From a university-wide survey to assess faculty’s digital needs to a top-down alignment with the institution’s strategic goals, these efforts have borne out repository initiatives that, far from struggling to find content, are inundated with requests for support with projects from all corners of campus. In addition to discussing specific needs and projects, they will provide tips and advice for how you can connect your own IR initiatives to strategic institutional priorities.
Now more than ever, law schools are feeling pressure to promote faculty scholarship and expertise in order to enhance their national and international reputations.
At the same time, faculty are hungry for metrics and reporting services that can help them understand their scholarly impact on a global scale.
Law libraries are in a unique position to serve these needs, and bepress is excited to release a new tool to facilitate their ability to do so.
Join us for the unveiling of the new SelectedWorks, a completely redesigned scholarly publishing platform designed to:
- Bring faculty scholarship and expertise to a wider audience
- Increase visibility for the law school
- Measure and track scholarly impact locally and globally
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.