August 1st, 2013 | Tags : IR All-Stars | Category : Education & Outreach

We’re pleased to announce the forthcoming 2013 IR All-Stars!

IR All-Stars spotlights four individuals who have demonstrated a unique and replicable approach to IR success.   Our goal with this annual award is to provide the IR community with the knowledge to emulate and build upon some of the most successful initiatives that we’ve identified in our community.  We want to provide every IR manager with the means to become an IR All-Star, too.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be announcing and highlighting the accomplishments of this year’s IR All-Stars here on the DC Telegraph, as well as providing links to resources they’ve created that will help you pursue successful IR initiatives on your own campus.  We invite you to check back on Tuesday, August 6 to learn who this year’s first All-Star is!

The idea originated with an event we co-hosted with SPARC at ACRL back in 2011 – an IR Tailgate where Marilyn Billings (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Isaac Gilman (Pacific University), Marisa Ramirez (California Polytechnic State University), and Paul Royster (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) shared their accumulated IR wisdom over the course of several sessions.  They were our Inaugural IR All-Stars, and we’ve since realized that having an annual award is a great way to not only recognize the hard work and accomplishments of people in the Digital Commons community, but to share their successes so others can learn and build from them.

Nominations are made by members of the bepress Digital Commons Consulting Services team.  With deep IR expertise and intimate knowledge of the scholarly communications initiatives of their clients, the consulting services team members nominated an extensive list of candidates for consideration.

Selecting the winners for 2013 was incredibly challenging.  All of the nominees have successful and vibrant repositories built with strong project management skills, a methodical approach, and hard work.   Frankly, we’ve never seen so many IR administrators making such strong impact on their campus in such a wide variety of important and interesting ways.

Selection Criteria:

  1. At least 3 years as an IR manager.
  2. A track record of vibrant repository collection growth, and an innovative and tireless approach to engaging faculty and others on campus in order to support their scholarly communications needs.
  3. A demonstrated eagerness to share and teach others.
  4. A presentation, article, case study, or video that provides specifics and guidelines for the best practices for others to learn from and copy the strategies that made the IR manager an IR All-Star.

We’ll be announcing the four winners over the next two weeks, so check back here on the following dates to learn who they are: