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.
A Tour of bepress Digital Commons: Successful IRs in Action
Tim Tamminga, bepress, VP Global Sales
Thursday, June 6, 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern
Not Another Cross-Search Tool: The Digital Commons Network
Jean-Gabriel Bankier, CEO & President, bepress
Thursday, June 20, 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern
Delivering nearly 10,000 objects and close to 2 million downloads to a global audience, the Duke Law Scholarship Repository is making itself an indispensable resource for legal scholars and practitioners. In this webinar, Hollie White, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Duke Law, shows how Duke is using its repository to extend the reach of its legal scholarship, with a particular emphasis on publishing and archiving law reviews.
- Batch loading law review archives from Hein
- Working with law-review metadata
- Process, workflow, and quality control for the law review
- Using video and images
Since 2007, the number of institutional repositories has more than tripled world-wide. What is driving libraries to implement IRs, and how are they doing so, even in times of financial constraint? Drawing from the experience of the Digital Commons community of more than 200 libraries, Jean-Gabriel Bankier, President and CEO of bepress, examines the challenges and payoffs of what has quickly become a core component of the new library’s digital services strategy.
Yale has one of the most successful law repositories in North America. In this webinar, Julian Aiken (Access Services Librarian) and Fred Shapiro (Associate Librarian for Collections and Access) share how they are using the repository to extend the reach of Yale's legal scholarship and enhance the library and the law school's value within the law community.
- Why a repository for the law school?
- Workflow and staffing for the IR
- Publicizing the IR
- Increasing global reach of the IR
The technical developers at bepress are always working to make content in Digital Commons repositories discoverable by Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines. In this webinar, we reveal a little bit about what we do behind the scenes to improve discoverability, as well as show you what institutional repository administrators can do to complete the process.
- Specific measures bepress implements to bring Digital Commons content to the top of the search results in Google, Google Scholar, and other major search engines.
- Simple steps repository administrators can take to further optimize their content’s discoverability.
- Follow-up on the recommendations from Darcy Dapra’s previous webinar on indexing repository content in Google Scholar.
The webinar is designed to leave you with a manageable set of practices that will not only improve your search results but also improve the experience of your visitors once they’ve discovered your content.
How does Google Scholar connect researchers with information?
Hint: It’s not just about robots and algorithms; it's really about people and words. Google has created a powerful academic discovery tool by cultivating partnerships with the people who use it: the students, faculty, researchers, and writers who are looking for scholarly resources, and the publishers, librarians, and institutional repository administrators who provide them.
In this webinar, Darcy Dapra, Partner Manager at Google Scholar, talks about how you can put Google to work for your repository, increase visibility for your scholarly research, and help you connect scholars with the resources they’re looking for.
On the agenda:
- How indexing in Google Scholar works
- What types of content are included
- What you can do to improve your content’s visibility in search
Darcy also discusses best practices for collecting metadata, explores some use cases, and responds to your questions. This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the people who makes Google Scholar work for the academic community.
What is the role of scholarship at a community college? The process of identifying, sharing, showcasing, and using the scholarly and creative work of a community college can lay the groundwork for cross-curricular collaborations and encourage students to demonstrate learning at a higher level. At Parkland College, the institutional repository (SPARK) has played a key role in this process.
In this webinar, Erika Hackman and Sherry Cmiel share their experiences creating and developing Parkland's repository. They talk about how SPARK evolved to meet institutional needs, as well as discuss funding, generating buy-in, forming partnerships, the benefits of focusing on faculty-sponsored student work, and how this can be replicated at other community colleges.
Rights checking can appear complicated and difficult at first glance, but it doesn’t have to be. In this webinar, Marisa Ramirez and Michele Wyngard share the results of research Marisa conducted with Ann Hanlon, in which they investigated the copyright clearance practices of repository managers across the globe. Michele discusses the specific workflows they employ for CalPoly's repository, DigitalCommons@CalPoly. Topics include:
- An overview of research on rights checking practices
- Different rights checking workflows
- Discussion of methods used for contacting publishers and tracking permissions
Developing IR collections often prompts questions from faculty about copyright, permissions, and authors’ rights. As part of the scholarly communication initiatives at Utah State, the team at Quinney Natural Resources Library has developed a successful authors’ rights education program. In the process, they have been able to promote the institutional repository as a solution to access and authors' rights issues.
In this webinar, Betty Rozum (Associate Dean for Technical Services) and Jennifer Duncan (Head of Collection Development ) detail their experience and share strategies for educating authors about their rights and integrating awareness of copyright issues into faculty’s research practices.
The University of South Florida Libraries provides open access journal publishing and support services through their repository, ScholarCommons@USF. In this webinar, Todd Chavez, Director of Academic Resources, explains how his team has successfully launched or migrated eight open access journals, including some with a publishing history of more than 40 years. These efforts have enabled the journals to develop sustainable open access models, and have established USF Libraries as a leader in several strategic subject fields.
This webinar covers both start up and ongoing support for a library-led publishing program and is appropriate for both new and long-time publishing libraries.
An overview of some of the benefits that a digital repository can bring to your law school, such as increased exposure for programs, centers, and institutes; expanded global readership; professional online publication of law reviews and archives; and dissemination of the full range of the scholarship produced at the law school, including conferences, books, images, lectures, and “born digital” objects.