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20 Cool Things to do with Digital Commons

As the world of digital scholarship has expanded, the role of the IR has evolved along with it. Whether you’ve been using Digital Commons for Digital Commons for 6 months or 6 years, the modern repository showcases more than just faculty articles. Join Digital Commons Consultant Christine Yang as she explores some of the exciting developments we are seeing on Digital Commons repositories. Attendees will come away with ideas for their next project, including:
- New types of content, like podcasts, oral histories, and bilingual and foreign language journals
- Interactive features, like native streaming and timelines
- Technical capabilities built into the system, including accessible cover pages and Plum X Metrics
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  • How to Populate Your IR in Less Time: Harvesting Scopus Data in Digital Commons Recorded: Apr 20 2021 54 mins
    Shandon Quinn, Digital Commons; Annelise Doll, Michigan Tech Univ.; Nancy Krost, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology
    One of the primary purposes of the IR is to serve an institution’s faculty by representing the full breadth of their works. However, creating a comprehensive archive is one of the hardest, most burdensome challenges for IR managers.

    Register now to learn about the new Scopus-to-Digital Commons harvesting API, which can save IR managers up to 90% of the time it typically takes to add faculty publication records into the IR.

    Hear from two institutions, Michigan Technological University and Missouri University of Science and Technology, as they share their experiences using the API to populate their IRs and showcase their faculty’s work to the world.

    Live audience Q&A will follow.

    - Shandon Quinn, VP Product Management, Digital Commons
    - Annelise Doll, Scholarly Communications and Repositories Librarian, Michigan Tech University
    - Nancy Krost, Institutional Repository Coordinator, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Making the IR Work for your Context, CCT College Dublin: A Case Study Recorded: Nov 18 2020 58 mins
    Marie O'Neill and Justin Smyth, both of CCT College Dublin
    A small team at CCT College Dublin was given a very big goal. A new IR and faculty profiling tool from Digital Commons was provided to enable strategic developments pertaining to institutional scholarly activity. In the span of little more than a year – and in the midst of COVID - Team CCT has made quick strides in using their IR to underpin and showcase teaching and learning activities, student achievement, quality and enhancement projects, research activity (including student research), and sectoral engagement. Although in the relatively early stages of development, the IR is now successfully embedded across many institutional activities with further plans in the pipeline which will be explored in this webinar.

    During this one hour program we’ll cover the following topics:
    1. Library Services and the IR Team at CCT College
    2. Tailoring IR Design To Your Context
    3. Strategic Application of the IR at CCT
    4. Student Work, A Catalyst for IR Engagement

    There will be time for Q&A so be ready for an engaging conversation
  • Open science tools for discovering, promoting and sharing research Recorded: Oct 22 2020 60 mins
    Promita Chatterji, Shirley Decker-Lucke, Wouter Haak, Sebastien Schlosser, Steve Watson
    Librarians are powerful advocates for informing and engaging their researchers in the open science landscape. In this webinar, Elsevier product managers will present collaborative tools that enable your researchers to discover data, share scholarly insights, and improve their research outcomes.

    •Open data sets that support research collaboration across disciplines
    •Enhancing user experience for open access across research products
    •Driving the future of open science through partnerships
    •Building global visibility and impact with Diamond OA journals and OERs
    •Open access options for sharing early stage research and preprints


    Promita Chatterji, Product Manager, Digital Commons Journals
    Shirley Decker-Lucke, Content Director, SSRN
    Wouter Haak, VP Research Data Management, Elsevier
    Sebastien Schlosser, Director of Strategic Business Development, Elsevier
    Steve Watson, Director of Product Management, Elsevier
  • No money for OER program? Recorded: Oct 21 2020 61 mins
    Karen Bjork, Portlnd State University and Amy Hofer, Oregon Statewide Open Education Library Services
    Open Educational Resources (OER) ensure students have equal and immediate access to course materials needed to succeed. The pandemic has left institutions in a budget crisis as they scramble to safely deliver a quality educational experience. Students face unemployment in increasing numbers. Libraries need low cost and no cost tactics to ensure quality OER content and programs continue to meet growing demand. This hour-long webinar will provide viewers with tactics and information libraries need to continue to deliver quality OER materials to students and faculty.

    Key topics:
    - Conversation about copyright guidance and deals regarding textbooks
    - Textbook statements and adding open license
    - Reuse versus create - less resource intensive approaches
    - Thinking beyond the institution - state and federal funding opportunities
    - Things you can do for free
  • Supporting students & researchers: Using the IR to respond to COVID-19 Recorded: Aug 26 2020 43 mins
    Jean-Gabriel Bankier, Managing Director, Digital Commons
    Universities face great COVID-related uncertainties. What can the library bring to the table to help with enrollment, the student experience, and support for research in an increasingly virtual environment? Many librarians are recognizing their institutional repository (IR) can bolster their university’s mission in times like these. Across the Digital Commons Community, we have seen dramatic increases in both interest from and submissions by authors as they look for better ways to share their works remotely. This 45-minute webinar will show you innovative trends on how the Digital Commons Community is using the IR to meet emerging COVID-related needs on campus:

    •Student recruitment and enrollment: providing prospective and incoming students an immersive view into research and scholarship opportunities
    •Student engagement and retention: providing hands-on ways for current students to participate virtually in academia
    •Research in a hybrid future: preparing the university for an easy switch to virtual conferences, virtual poster sessions and virtual exhibits
    •Critical information-sharing: providing a rapid way for faculty members to disseminate breaking primary research with global visibility

    The challenges of COVID-19 to higher education will be long-lasting. A robust repository program is a cornerstone for universities to maintain their presence in this new hybrid environment — and represents an opportunity to increase institutional reputation ahead of the curve.
  • Beyond citations: PlumX Metrics integrates with Digital Commons dashboards Recorded: Jul 8 2020 59 mins
    Ann Connolly, Director of Product, Digital Commons
    While citation counts remain a paramount metric of scholarly influence, a growing number of institutional stakeholders are asking questions about how best to demonstrate impact on community, society and public policy. With the right tools, the broader impact of openly shared scholarship can be more readily measured.

    Through a new integration with PlumX Metrics, Digital Commons can shine a brighter light on the impact of open scholarship in the institutional repository through our new integrated dashboard. Join Ann Connolly, Director of Product, Digital Commons, for an IR-focused journey through the new integration. By reporting on more measures of impact, IR administrators and managers can partner with even more of their stakeholders on mission-critical activities such as securing funding, identifying collaborators and forming partnerships with industry. Whether you are a librarian, institution-led journal editor, researcher or senior administrator, the webinar will share real-time customer examples and case studies on how you can better show — and tell — your institution’s impact story.
  • Automatically populate your IR: Harvesting Scopus data into Digital Commons Recorded: May 27 2020 46 mins
    Shandon Quinn, VP Product Management, Digital Commons; Martin Edling Andersson, Principal Product Manager, Scopus
    “The IR is meant to be as complete and comprehensive as possible.” – IR administrator, R1 public university

    One of the primary purposes of the IR is to serve an institution’s faculty, by representing their works comprehensively. And yet, this is one of the hardest, most burdensome challenges for IR managers.

    In this webinar, get a next-level look at the upcoming Scopus-Digital Commons integration to automatically populate your IR at scale with faculty publication records. The presentation walks viewers through the following features:
    - Ease of use – no technical skills required
    - Record deduplication of IR faculty research content
    - Auto population of upload spreadsheets
    - Flagging OA content

    We’ll also demonstrate the value of Scopus data and let you know how Digital Commons customers will be provided with access to Scopus data as part of the release launch.

    Learn how this new tool can save IR managers up to 75% of the time it takes to add faculty publication records into their IR.
  • Saving the cancelled conference: Supporting conferences and events with your IR Recorded: Apr 22 2020 59 mins
    Elisabeth Shook and Kimberly Holling, Boise State University
    With conferences and events cancelled left and right, libraries closing, and distance learning in place, virtual meetings and classes are the new status quo for many institutions. The conference schedule was already prepared. Your faculty had their paper accepted, your students had their posters ready to present, and now, how to help? On April 22, join Elisabeth Shook and Kimberly Holling of Boise State University as they describe how they're using the institutional repository to continue promoting research and scholarship during a time when online access is more important than ever. Attendees will come away with ideas for continuing or expanding IR services, including:
    • Best practices for supporting conferences in the IR, including getting started quickly
    • The benefits of hosting conference materials on the IR
    • Strategies to reach faculty and students during a time of distance learning
    • New materials to support on the IR as institutions find a new status quo
  • 20 Cool Things to do with Digital Commons Recorded: Feb 26 2020 41 mins
    Christine Yang, Digital Commons Consultant
    As the world of digital scholarship has expanded, the role of the IR has evolved along with it. Whether you’ve been using Digital Commons for Digital Commons for 6 months or 6 years, the modern repository showcases more than just faculty articles. Join Digital Commons Consultant Christine Yang as she explores some of the exciting developments we are seeing on Digital Commons repositories. Attendees will come away with ideas for their next project, including:
    - New types of content, like podcasts, oral histories, and bilingual and foreign language journals
    - Interactive features, like native streaming and timelines
    - Technical capabilities built into the system, including accessible cover pages and Plum X Metrics
  • Internal Collaboration: Using the IR to Build a Promotion and Tenure Package Recorded: Dec 11 2019 39 mins
    Debra Rodensky and Chip Wolfe, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, world-class experts conduct cutting-edge air and space research, and the Library works diligently to capture and share all the unique work through their institutional repository. When the Chief Information Officer asked library staff for help creating a Promotion and Tenure tool to better serve faculty looking to advance, librarians Debra Rodensky and Chip Wolfe knew they had the technology, all the content of the IR and the strong campus relationships to make it happen. Join Debra and Chip on December 11 for a webinar on the Library's collaboration with IT and the library’s relationships with faculty through the tenure and promotion process. Topics will include:
    - The historical relationship between the Library, its IR and the IT department at Embry-Riddle
    - The changing culture of promotion and tenure on campus
    - Challenges and successes of building a tool to meet the needs of both IT and faculty.

    Debra has a BA in Legal Studies from Quinnipiac University and a MLS from the University of South Florida. She has worked as a librarian at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, the Veterinary Library at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the Horticulture Library at Walt Disney World before joining the Research Department at ERAU’s Hunt Library in 2001. She now works as a Scholarly Communication Librarian who assists faculty, students, and staff with adding their research works to the institutional repository.

    Chip has been at ERAU’s Hunt Library since 2005 and serves as the Scholarly Commons Administrator. He was instrumental in bringing up and developing the repository that began in 2013. Previous careers include US Naval Security Group, Digital Imaging Service Director, and owner of East Coast Archiving.
  • The art & science of your IR's discoverability: Google & Google Scholar Recorded: Nov 20 2019 42 mins
    Ann Connolly, Director of Product
    Thanks to some sharp questions from vigilant customers, the Digital Commons Product team recently completed a stringent review of IR content discoverability on the two most popular search engines, Google and Google Scholar. The results, and what we learned along the way, create a great opportunity to share more about open web discoverability and what you can do to maximize the reach of your IR’s content. On November 20, join Digital Commons Director of Product Ann Connolly for “The art & science of your IR’s discoverability: an update on Google & Google Scholar,” a tour of discoverability and current best practices. Topics will include:
    •Demystifying the difference between discoverability and SEO
    •Unexpected findings from recent data analysis on Google and Google Scholar
    •Why a hosted platform benefits your institution’s discoverability
    •The best use of resources for maximizing downloads of IR content
  • Montclair Levels Up: Supporting the Institutional Mission with your Repository Recorded: Oct 30 2019 51 mins
    Karen Ramsden and Darren Sweeper, Montclair State University
    Montclair State University achieved a major milestone this year, earning the high research activity R2 status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. An essential part of their transformation? The institutional repository. On October 30, join Montclair State repository team members Karen Ramsden and Darren Sweeper as they describe the challenges and successes of integrating their IR into a growing culture of research. Topics include:
    -Aligning the institutional repository with strategic goals to give the library a seat at the table
    -Engaging internal and external stakeholders with the IR
    -Outreach to faculty on a changing campus
    -Continuing to leverage the power of the repository over time

    Darren Sweeper is responsible for managing, coordinating and administering all aspects of the Government Documents Department at Montclair State University’s Sprague Library. He is especially interested in data and statistical literacy and how government information can be used to promote life-long learning in the social sciences particularly in education, sociology and the sociology of education. Darren received his BS in Criminal Justice and Sociology, MA in Political Science and Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

    Karen Ramsden currently serves as Research and Projects Specialist and Coordinator of Digital Commons for Sprague Library at Montclair State University. In her current position, Karen plays a crucial role in helping to direct and shape the character and overall nature of all library-related projects from conception through development, production, and introduction to the intended audience. Additionally she serves on numerous University-related committees and initiatives, and as lead administrator for Research with Montclair. Karen received a Master’s in Public Administration from Kean University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program in Social Research and Analysis at Montclair State.
  • Faster, Stronger: The Future of Digital Commons Recorded: Oct 1 2019 56 mins
    Shandon Quinn, VP Product Management, bepress | Elsevier
    Get an exclusive look at what’s in the works for Digital Commons that will make it even more valuable for you and your institution:
    - Populate your Digital Commons IR faster, including the latest update on automated harvesting directly into DC.
    - Demonstrate the impact of your Digital Commons IR more effectively, including the latest preview of a new usage and readership dashboard.
    - Improve your institution’s OA journals published on Digital Commons.
  • Fresh Start for a New School Year: Consulting Services Q&A Recorded: Sep 5 2019 39 mins
    Aaron Doran, Sarah Loyd, Jennifer Pesetsky
    Summer is coming to an end, and the smell of pencils is in the air! Whether you have a new repository, new faculty to reach, or new projects to begin, September is the time for a fresh start. On September 5th, join Jennifer Pesetsky, Aaron Doran and Sarah Loyd, of Digital Commons Consulting Services, as they present new ideas for a fresh start and freshening up your institutional repository. Topics include:
    •Redesigning your IR to match your new branding
    •Introducing new faculty to your IR
    •Small improvements for big results
    •Q&A with three CS experts
  • Creating a Copyright Policy for your IR Recorded: Aug 27 2019 60 mins
    Shawn Martin, Dartmouth College
    The world of copyright is vast, and there are some basics that every institutional repository administrator needs to know. Whether you're launching your new repository or looking to strengthen your copyright outreach on campus, join Shawn Martin, Head of Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Publishing at Dartmouth College, as he presents "Creating a Copyright Policy for your IR" on August 27, 2019. Topics include:
    - What is an isn't under the umbrella of the University's rights to post
    - The ins and outs of licenses
    - Rights checking workflows that won't consume all your time
    - Including copyright in your outreach strategies
  • Collaborating for Successful Open Access Publishing Recorded: Jun 28 2019 56 mins
    Yvonne Desmond and Kevin Griffin, Technological University Dublin
    Technological University Dublin is a first-of-its-kind university in Ireland, thanks in part to a first-of-its-kind open access journal publishing program that supports and amplifies the culture of research at the university.

    On May 21st at 11:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, Yvonne Desmond, Digital Services and Research Librarian at Technological University Dublin, and Kevin Griffin, Kevin Griffin, Lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism and editor of the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, shared the history and lessons learned from the publishing program's role at the university.

    What you’ll learn from the presenters:

    • How innovative thinking and technology can transform global reach
    • Tips for successful collaborations
    • Practical insights to start or improve your own journal publishing program
  • Global Engagement in Library-Led Publishing Recorded: Apr 26 2019 56 mins
    Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Chris Hollister, University at Buffalo; Promita Chatterji, bepress | Elsevier
    A successful open access journal can have influence across the globe, thanks to careful planning, a well-defined mission, and a library publishing program to be your champion.

    Listen as Chris Hollister, co-founder and co-editor of Communications in Information Literacy; Karen Bjork, Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Portland State University; and Promita Chatterji of Digital Commons, provide three perspectives on global knowledge sharing and fostering a successful library-led publishing program.

    Topics include:
    • Fostering international dialogue through journal publishing
    • Facilitating a strong editor-librarian relationship
    • Staffing for the sustainability of journals and conferences
    • Technical considerations and platform development
  • The Modern IR Recorded: Dec 10 2018 49 mins
    Jean-Gabriel Bankier, bepress | Elsevier
    Is your institutional repository living up to its potential? Does it create excitement for stakeholders on campus?

    Jean-Gabriel Bankier, Managing Director of Digital Commons, explores the evolution of the institutional repository and how the Modern IR goes beyond being a repository by opening up discovery to a global readership.

    Topics include:

    • Treating faculty works with the respect they deserve
    • Including staff and student work — and more — in your IR
    • Using your IR to attract the best and brightest students, staff and faculty
    • Giving and gaining credit for your institution’s scholarly contributions on a global stage
  • Starting strong: IR success in year 1 and beyond Recorded: Oct 18 2018 38 mins
    Jennifer Pate, University of North Alabama
    Library services reflect the culture and collections of each unique institution that hosts them, but that doesn't mean there aren't lessons to be shared!

    In our final Campus Engagement at Any Stage webinar, Jennifer Pate, Scholarly Communications and Instruction Librarian at the University of North Alabama, shares challenges and successes launching a new repository initiative on campus.

    Examining the repository's first year, Jennifer shares about getting and sustaining high-level stakeholder buy-in, assessing first year success, and plotting a course for the coming years.
  • Three perspectives on student-led research Recorded: Sep 27 2018 44 mins
    Phillip Fitzsimmons, Jeremy Evert and Hector Lucas, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
    As colleges and universities focus on the student experience, the library can fill a unique role in introducing students to scholarly communications and encouraging student publishing efforts. Undergraduate journals, student research days, research in partnership with faculty co-authors, and exemplary capstone projects all contribute to a campus prioritizing student success.

    Phillip Fitzsimmons, Reference and Digitization Librarian at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and his co-presenters Jeremy Evert and Hector Lucas share three unique perspectives on the goals and results of student-centric publishing at SWOSU, including:

    • How the library can support student-centric publishing
    • How students see the immediate and long-term benefits of library publishing services
    • How faculty benefit in both their teaching and research initiatives
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