Getting started is easy. There aren’t new programming languages to learn or scripts to run. Here’s what to expect in your first year and some suggested benchmarks to guide you.
New to Digital Commons as well? The Digital Commons setup steps are complementary, and your consultant for Digital Commons will be your point of contact for the Expert Gallery Suite as well. Your consultant will support you every step of the way, from determining which workflow best fits your institution to answering technical questions that may arise for you and other faculty.
1. Assemble the team
Institutions have different needs which will influence their unique goals and workflows. Your consultant will ask you to gather the stakeholders at your institution for a call to
- Share their visions for the Expert Gallery Suite at your institution.
- Confirm branding guidelines, media contacts.
- Identify the areas of greatest need. (Their offices or departments will be your early adopters.)
- Determine the resources that can help with content recruitment and communication.
Let’s make sure to keep them up to date on your progress afterward!
Tip: many of your faculty may already have SelectedWorks profiles and be excellent early adopters. Ask them for quotes for presentations.
2. Set strategic goals
Is it a showcase for institutional expertise? Is it new faculty pages? Is it faculty assessment? Is it increased collaboration, media opportunities, and recruitment? It could be all of the above, but it’s wise to set goals strategically in your first year to help focus your efforts and ensure support in year two and beyond.
Consider the following outline and sample goals, and work with your consultant to customize them to your institution.