Supporting students & researchers: Using the IR to respond to COVID-19

Presented by

Jean-Gabriel Bankier, Managing Director, Digital Commons

About this talk

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.

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