Congratulations to the Second Graduating Class of IR Managers!

Following up on the success of our first IR Manager Certification Course held in March of 2013, last month we welcomed a new class of 18 energetic and enthusiastic IR administrators from institutions across the US and Canada to our office in Berkeley, CA. The course provided useful information about a wide variety of IR related topics and hands-on activities for both new and experienced administrators alike.

“It was a great review and tune-up. My IR will be better as a result of what I learned here,” said Janelle Wertzberger, who’s been managing Gettysburg College’s repository, The Cupola, since it launched nearly two years ago. “The entire Consulting Services team is so supportive and helpful. Bepress offers far more than the usual vendor relationship—they are true library partners.”

Session topics ranged from DIY environmental surveys and recruiting content, to special collections and supporting data in the IR. Attendees also participated in several topic table discussions and hours of one-on-one meetings with their consultants.

“You guys covered a ton of info and I know where to go when I develop more specific questions or run into issues,” Kelly Riddle of the University of San Diego said. “I came away with scads of ideas!”

The course ran from March 25 through 27, with daily small group lunches at local restaurants that provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to network and share insights with their peers in a fun, relaxed setting. As always, we wrapped up with a celebratory dinner and graduation ceremony in downtown Berkeley.

We’re excited to announce our class of graduates:

Paul Blobaum, Governors State University
Heather Brown, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Chris Burns, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Sam Byrd, Virginia Commonwealth University
Conor Cote, Montana Tech Library
Laura Davis, James Madison University
Alissa Fial, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University
Ann Kaste, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Sandra Klein, Notre Dame Law School
Yumi Ohira, University of Wyoming
Benjamin Panciera, Connecticut College
Kelly Riddle, University of San Diego
Charlotte Roh, UMass Amherst
Laurie Urquiaga, Brigham Young Law School
Sarah Wegley, Governors State University
Janelle Wertzberger, Gettysburg College
Linda Woodcock, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Congratulations graduates!

To learn more about future courses in IR management or scholarly publishing, contact Ann Connolly ( or Eli Windchy (

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The 2014 bepress University graduates.