Last month eighteen IR admins from institutions across the country came to our offices in Berkeley, California for our first ever Scholarly Publishing Certification Course: A Training Program for Library-Led Publishing Initiatives. The course was a wonderful success, featuring a variety of presentations, workshops, technical training sessions, and opportunities for admins to meet one-on-one with their consultants.
“It was really great to see the faces behind bepress,” said Daniel Weddington, Digital Archivist at the College of William and Mary. “Establishing a first person relationship with my team helps make our partnership feel like a true collaboration.”
Topics for the course ranged from copyright and policy considerations to pitching a publishing business plan to provosts. Participants explored tools for managing submissions and peer review, defined their goals and action plans for their publishing initiatives, and developed a network of professional relationships with other library-publishers. With admins from all different levels of experience attending, the questions and personal stories shared during the course were insightful and informative for everyone involved.
“It was very helpful to see and hear what others are doing and why!” said Greg Martin, Digital Commons Director at Cedarville University.
The course ran from October 9th through the 11th, and wrapped up with a celebratory dinner and graduation ceremony in downtown Berkeley. We’re excited to announce our class of graduates:
Nora Allred, Michigan Technological University
Jacki Betsworth, Macalester College
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Illinois Wesleyan University
Nicolle DiPasquale, The George Washington University Law School
Andrew Elder, University of Massachusetts Boston
Tim Gritten, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Barbara Loomis, Cleveland State University
Greg Martin, Cedarville University
Lucretia McCulley, University of Richmond
Stephanie Miller, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Kim Myers, The College at Brockport
Caroline Osborne, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Liz Richardson, Kent State University
Debra Skinner, Georgia Southern University
Kelly Visnak, University of Wyoming
Wendy Walker, University of Montana
Daniel Weddington, College of William & Mary
Andy Wesolek, Clemson University
We’re looking forward to poring over all the wonderfully helpful feedback we got in preparation for our upcoming spring IR Manager Certification course. Keep an eye out for more information on that in the near future!