October 27th, 2015 | Category : bepress Culture, bepress University, Best Practices

Admins “Excited about the Possibilities” at Recent bepressU IR Manager Course

On October 6-8th we were thrilled to host a great group of 20 Digital Commons Community admins from all over the country! They were here in Berkeley, CA for bepressU’s three-day intensive Repository Manager Certification Course. Participants said they felt “excited,” “enriched,” and “engaged,” and reported that the course was “extremely helpful.”

Terry Robertson from Andrews University described the sessions as “empowering and enriching,” with the overall experience as “hugely motivational.” Maureen Schlangen, University of Dayton, said she gained a more global understanding of the repository. “It was also great to be able to see ways to align our repository’s scope, mission and goals to those of the university,” she said.

Hope Mitchell from Iowa State University said, “I think the course was just about perfect in regards to both content and length; lots of great info and I’m excited to get back and implement everything I learned!” Todd Seguin, Western Kentucky University, added that the course “gave me great ideas, helped me to see and understand some difficult concepts….It got us all excited about the possibilities.”

The course addressed issues for both new admins and more seasoned managers. Jacqueline Radebaugh from Columbus State University said, “The course was excellent. Being new, I really had no idea what to do with Digital Commons. Now I have a mission and I am ready to go!” Andrea Wirth from UNLV, also new to the repository, said, “I found everyone, bepress staff and other attendees, very welcoming and the content was great.” Aajay Murphy from Kennesaw State University chimed in that “even though our IR is 6 yrs old, and I’ve been in this position for 1 and ½ yrs, these 3 days have given me a great amount of resources and ideas.”

Emily Chan from San Jose State University said that it was “extremely helpful to discuss challenges with others and the approaches to those challenges.” Sheila Yeh of University of Denver added that “there were excellent presentation materials and the right amount of coverage.”

Congratulations to the graduating class of bepressU Repository Manager Certification Course for Fall 2015:

Ellen Augustiniak, UC Irvine Law Library
Jason Boczar, University of South Florida
Emily Chan, San Jose State University
Kathleen DeLaurenti, College of William and Mary
Carrie Figueredo, Baptist Health South Florida
Beverly Lysobey , Sacred Heart University
Cedar Middleton, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Marsha Miles, Cleveland State University
Hope Mitchell, Iowa State University
Aajay Murphy, Kennesaw State University
Mandy Oscarson, Brigham Young University
Jacqueline Radebaugh, Columbus State University
Terry Robertson, Andrews University
Maureen Schlangen, University of Dayton
Todd Seguin, Western Kentucky University
Wayne Seitz, Concordia Seminary
Karen Vaughan, Old Dominion University
Lisa Villa, College of the Holy Cross
Andrea Wirth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sheila Yeh, University of Denver

For information on the next bepressU course, please visit http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/bepressu.