In our last blog “Starting a Repository: Best Practices from Your Peers” you heard some excellent advice from your peers in the Digital Commons Community. Here we want to round out that advice by highlighting some of the resources which the bepress Outreach department has developed for the DC community. We hope that these will help get you off to a successful start managing your repository!
- There are rich resources in the DC Community Library covering topics from managing conferences and journals to marketing and outreach. Take a look at the section on Managing A Repository for great ideas on launching your repository, staffing models, collection development, and usage reports.
- And, don’t forget to check out the 2015 Scholarly Communications Experts Directory, where you can connect with peers who can answer questions, provide guidance, and perhaps even come to your campus to speak with your library! There is a sortable spreadsheet online and we have plenty of hard copies to send you as well.
- Many schools take advantage of our “Kickstart” package where bepress consultants come to your institution for tailored workshops to get you up and running—folks find that this can really help with early engagement of your campus stakeholders as well. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Or, join us for our Repository Manager Certification Courses offered here at bepress in Berkeley, California every Spring and Fall. This course is an intensive three-day workshop for institutional repository administrators, where you’ll develop crucial skills, expertise, and networks to help you succeed at one of the most demanding jobs in the field of librarianship and scholarly communication.
- The Collaboratory is a place where you can find examples of everything from faculty outreach pamphlets to MOUs to annual reports created by your peers, so you don’t have to re-invent the wheel!
We know your job is demanding and we are here to support you in your success. Please feel free to contact us in the Outreach department (email@example.com) at any time with questions or comments about these resources—we are always happy to hear from you! In addition, as you know, your bepress consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org) is always there to help with the day-to-day running of the IR.