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.
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
We often talk about the benefits of open-access publishing in terms of readership, measured by download counts. With over 350,000 downloads over the past 3 years, the Australian Journal of Teacher Education certainly reflects that story. But AJTE’s experience also demonstrates a virtuous circle leading to more submissions, a higher quality and quantity of published articles, and a greater international impact. In this webinar, Julia Gross, Janice Chan, and Tony Fetherston of Edith Cowan University talk about the library and Research Online’s role in making this growth possible. The presentation is recommended for journal editors, potential editors, repository administrators, library-publishers, and anyone who’s interested in open-access, library-led publishing.
In a case study of AcademyHealth's eGEMs, this webinar makes a strong case for open-access publishing, addressing common concerns about the quality of scholarship and the rigor of the peer review process in new publishing models.
Launched in 2012, eGEMs is designed to keep pace with the rapid growth in the availability of electronic clinical data for research and practice, focusing on the process that leads to research findings rather than solely on the end results. In this fast-moving research environment, eGEMs uses the Digital Commons platform to speed the pace of traditional peer-reviewed publication, share cutting-edge methods and technical procedures with a wide audience, and facilitate dialogue and collaboration between health-systems researchers.