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.
Building partnerships with community-oriented research centers and departments is one of the best ways to develop an institutional repository into a valued community resource. In this webinar, Kathleen Spring (Collections Management Librarian) and Brenda DeVore Marshall (Professor of Theatre and Communication Arts) share how they're using the institutional repository at Linfield College to support the Linfield Center for the Northwest, the Pacific City Arts Association, and the Pacific City Dorymen's Association. By publishing oral histories, archival materials, and research generated through these centers, the repository plays a central role in a project that includes student internships, physical exhibits, and even an original theatrical production.
Excellence in teaching and learning is at the core of the mission statement at Illinois Wesleyan University, and the repository supports this mission in creative and innovative ways. Among the many collections of student research in Digital Commons @ IWU is the outstanding student journal, the Undergraduate Economic Review, now in its seventh year of production. In this webinar, Stephanie and Michael will talk about the intensive student work and faculty advising that goes into publishing the journal, the benefits participation has brought to students and faculty, and the repository’s role in supporting and cultivating the highest level of quality in student scholarship.
Representing over 50 law schools, the DC Network is one of the biggest open-access collections of law scholarship in the world and includes material from top schools like Duke, Yale, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Cornell and Georgetown. Showcasing law review articles, book chapters, briefs, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work, the Digital Commons law network is completely open access, meaning researchers will never run into paywalls or empty records—only full-text, open access research and scholarship are included.
Today's researchers regularly use the internet to find scholarly materials, making it vital that your repository content is discoverable by search engines. Join us to learn how the bepress technical team optimizes Digital Commons repositories for discovery by Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines, making it easy for researchers to find what they need. Topics include:
- User search behavior, and how to use it to connect scholars with resources
- What bepress does to bring Digital Commons content to the top of the search results in Google, Google Scholar, and other major search engines
- The unique tools Digital Commons offers to help IR administrators enter the best possible information for search engine discoverability
Many professors are developing their own textbooks for use in their courses, and institutional repositories make the perfect publishing venue for these valuable resources. In this webinar, Sarah Beaubien and Charles Lowe of Grand Valley State University share their success in bringing students targeted, high-quality texts at minimal or no cost. Charles, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and editor of two OA texts, discusses the process of creating an OA textbook and using it in his teaching; and Sarah, Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator at GVSU, discusses the services the IR offers for these and other original OA texbooks by GVSU faculty.
This webinar presents the strategies that commercial publishers use to improve the profile and impact of a journal. A few simple steps can make a significant difference for many journals. Irene emphasizes four essential steps toward better journals: recruiting more submissions, conveying credibility through the journal's homepage and design, speeding editorial workflows, and building your readership. Drawing on the nearly 500 journals on the bepress Digital Commons platform, the webinar also suggests specific benchmarks for success. The presentation is designed for library staff as well as faculty and student editors.
At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Paul Royster started publishing full-length faculty monographs in the repository in 2008, and has since grown the project into a full-fledged digital imprint that includes everything from open-access textbooks to field guides, art books, and historical works. In this webinar, Paul shares strategies for launching library publishing services for books and monographs, including tips on developing policies, working with authors, and providing print-on-demand.
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