January 8th, 2014 | Category : Education & Outreach

New Library Partnerships, New Repository Horizons: Join bepress at ALA Midwinter!

Please join us at ALA Midwinter to hear how academic libraries are providing new and valuable services to their communities. We’ll explore how libraries are using existing repository technology to share data sets, promote undergraduate success, provide an ETD solution to graduate schools, and partner with their Provosts to maximize the visibility of the institution and the library.

All four sessions are free and will take place on Saturday, January 25th in Room 303 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott at 1201 Market Street. The hotel is directly accessible from the Convention Center via an elevated walkway.  Feel free to come for a session or two, or join us all day for an intensive bootcamp on new repository services—either way, we’d love to see you.

Please see below for session descriptions.


Getting Started with Research Data in Your Repository
Saturday, January 25, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Interested in supporting data on your campus? Many libraries are eager to get started, but are anxious about whether they have the resources and capacity to build a successful program in the changing data landscape. The good news is, you’re more ready than you realize. Digital Commons is a flexible platform that can already support the vast majority of data sharing and preservation needs on campus.

The session will provide an overview of the types of data generated by researchers and discuss strategies for community outreach.  Additionally, drawing on conversations with repository managers and other leaders in the data field, we’ll present a set of guidelines and best practices for preparing and showcasing data in your repository. You have the tools to get started now – we’ll show you how!

Mark Roquet, Scholarly Communication Advisor, bepress


Building Provost Support for your Repository Initiative
Saturday, January 25, 1 – 2:30 PM

Support at the Provost level is a key factor in the success of your repository initiative.  We invite you to come and hear how other institutions engage the attention of their Provosts, maintain interest with compelling feedback, and launch new efforts when new Provosts come on board.  This will be followed by Q&A and an informal discussion period with the speakers.

Joyce Rumery, Dean of Libraries, University of Maine
Glenda Thornton, Director, University Library, Cleveland State University
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University


Supporting Undergraduate Success: Repositories as Curricular Tools
Saturday, January 25, 3-4 PM

Repositories are no longer just a location for student work; they are increasingly playing a role as a curricular tool, improving student learning outcomes and teaching students about peer review, editing, copyright, and other scholarly communications issues.  In this session, Terri Fishel of Macalester College will discuss the undergraduate journal “Tapestries,” while Sara Lowe and Sean Stone of the Claremont Colleges will discuss initiatives they created with colleague Char Booth to use repository collections to promote student information literacy and writing skills.

Terri Fishel, Library Director, DeWitt Wallace Library, Macalester College
Sara Lowe, Assessment Office and Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library
Sean Stone, Science and Asian Studies Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library


The Power Couple: Libraries Partnering with Graduate Schools for ETD Solutions
Saturday, January 25, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Librarians at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Illinois University discuss successful strategies for partnership between the Library and the Graduate School, benefits of ETDs, and key ways to rally support for ETD initiatives.

Adrian Ho, Director of Digital Scholarship, University of Kentucky Libraries
Todd Bruns, Institutional Repository Librarian, Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University