March 19th, 2015 | Category : Best Practices

Model Collections: The Best Examples at Your Fingertips

At bepress, we’re pleased to announce a new Digital Commons resource: Model Collections! Organized by discipline, these collections are designed to help you and your liaison or reference librarians further engage faculty with your repository initiative. Specifically, we wanted to provide high quality samples of each possible type of collection that a department might want to showcase. We hope that you and your liaison librarians will share these examples of services the library can offer when presenting to departments.

We have collected together exemplary journals, conferences, faculty and student research, books, special collections, and other content in the following areas:

On using the Model Collections, Lucretia McCulley, Head of Scholarly Communications at University of Richmond, explained:

“One of my goals for this academic year has been to visit every academic department in our School of Arts and Sciences and promote the UR Scholarship Repository and invite faculty to participate. Having access to the model collections has been a very helpful part of my presentation with departments, such as Music and Political Science, because I can easily show faculty the variety of materials that can be showcased in a repository that reflect their particular discipline. It is a wonderful tool to display possibilities and ideas.”

We would love your feedback and suggestions on this new resource! How are you using this resource? What disciplines should we highlight next? Let us know by emailing us at