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2016 IR All-Star: Kathleen Spring, Linfield College

July 21, 2016

KathleenSpringIRAllStarPhoto2016The last, but certainly not least, 2016 IR All-Star is Kathleen Spring, Collections Management Librarian at Linfield College. Kathleen combines strategic thinking with tremendous outreach efforts to build DigitalCommons@Linfield into a vibrant hub of Linfield scholarship.

From student work to community partnerships, Kathleen has been a leader in understanding the impact of showcasing a wide range of materials in the IR.  She talks about her vision of the repository as a hub for both campus and community in her 2013 webinar Campus and Community Partnerships at Linfield College with Brenda DeVore Marshall. A standout example is the Dory Project, an exemplary digital humanities project that brings together student research documenting the role of Dory fishermen and women in coastal Oregon as well as a theatrical production based on that research.

Another fruitful partnership is her work highlighting materials from the Oregon Wine History Archive, which together with Linfield’s Center for the Northwest aims to preserve and share the story of Oregon wine.  In recent years, the collection has expanded to include curricular materials and has contributed to the development of a minor in wine studies on campus.

Much of the richness of these two projects comes from the variety of media that they encompass: from articles, videos, lectures, and transcripts. Kathleen has been an early proponent of capturing a wide variety of materials including multimedia, and this allows DigitalCommons@Linfield to offer a comprehensive look at the work being produced on campus.

This approach has also helped Kathleen to meet Linfield’s strategic goals of supporting excellent student scholarship. In addition to the projects discussed above, DigitalCommons@Linfield features student art shows, senior theses and student presentations for many departments, student essays and notes from study abroad programs and internships, and many other types of student work. If you’re looking for an example of some kind of student work, check out DC@Linfield—there’s likely an example in there!

Kathleen’s success is in no small part due to being both incredibly well organized and strategic about the ways she shares the repository with campus. The diverse collections she’s developed serve as starting points for conversations, helping various stakeholders imagine ways they can showcase any materials they’re holding on to. Kathleen works long after a project has been uploaded to make sure the collection and individuals all have clean and vibrant descriptions.

Kathleen’s strategic approach to building content has led to a thriving repository that showcases materials from a wide variety of stakeholders while also helping the institution accomplish its mission of supporting student research and learning experiences.

Please help us congratulate Kathleen on all of her success!

2016 IR All-Star: Kristine Petre, Lehigh Valley Health Network

July 19, 2016

Kris_A_PetreInstitutional repositories are no longer just for colleges and universities; healthcare centers are also greatly benefitting from the solutions that repository initiatives can provide, resulting in more efficiency and a better ability to meet critical institutional goals. Kristine Petre, Senior Medical Librarian at Lehigh Valley Health Network, has been at the forefront of the growing repository movement at health science libraries, carefully building and curating collections in LVHN Scholarly Works that streamline time-consuming processes while also supporting the mission of LVHN to provide  “…advanced and compassionate health care of superior quality and value, supported by education and clinical research.” Kris is one of the 2016 bepress IR All-Stars for her exceptional leadership and impressive accomplishments in this area.

One of Kris’s most outstanding accomplishments is to develop a much more efficient and streamlined process for ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) and LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) accreditation reporting, a critical requirement for LVHN’s educational programs. Her thoughtful and precise organization of the content in LVHN Scholarly Works along with careful attention to high-quality metadata (including a variety of fields that are particularly pertinent to medical institutions, such as PubMed IDs) have made it possible for her to extract exactly the information each department needs for accreditation. Kris has saved the various departments enormous amounts of time and effort through her work, eliminating the need for them to each keep their own lists and spreadsheets.

Kris’s tireless dedication has also had enormous impact on the recognition of LVHN as a center for high-quality care and research. As a Magnet Hospital, LVHN needs to be able to show evidence of innovative nursing programs and practices. By creating a highly discoverable collection specifically dedicated to nursing materials, Kris has made it possible for others to easily find the cutting-edge work their nursing programs are conducting. LVHN’s research posters are heavily downloaded, a strong indication that the IR is serving the network’s mission to “support clinical care through education and research” and becoming a better-known institution in the process.

LVHN’s repository initiative is thriving in large part due to Kris’s clear and concise organization and her focus on serving the needs of the institution. But she has also broadened the scope and impact of the repository by publicly sharing a variety of archival materials related to hospitals within the organization, and tracking the progress of centers over the years. Even in her work with archival collections, Kris has created enormous efficiency for the institution. Since the digitization and addition of newsletters dating back to the 1950’s, searches for specific articles that used to take weeks now only take a few minutes.

Learn more about Kris’s innovative repository services in her webinar, “New Services to Enhance a Health Care Network’s Reputation: Digital Commons at LVHN – A Health Network Experience.” One of her secrets? This great Q&A document!

Congratulations to Kris for her work in building such a stellar repository initiative!

2016 IR All-Star: Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University

July 14, 2016

CaptureIowa State University’s Digital Repository Coordinator, Harrison W. Inefuku, is making waves and a name for himself within both his local community and the scholarly communications community. We are very excited to announce him as another of our 2016 IR All-Stars.

With a passion for reporting and an eye for design, Harrison engages stakeholders with the creative ways he shares metrics and statistics from Digital Repository @ Iowa State University. Harrison has been an early adopter of all Digital Commons reporting tools, using them to create high-impact reports as well as a poster that he presented at last month’s Open Repositories conference. In perhaps his most creative use of metrics, he used one department’s success to encourage equal participation from other departments.

But reporting and sharing statistics are just one piece of Harrison’s repository marketing strategy. Harrison blogs about repository milestones; links the repository to related resources; speaks at various events; and creates faculty-centered documents that clearly explain author rights and versioning, making it as easy for them to interact with the repository as possible.

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University has become a sizeable and robust repository under Harrison’s direction, and with the support of his team – Hope Mitchell, Susan Knippel, Lorrie Smith, Lisa Gilbert, Susan Rappenwolf, and all of their past and present student assistants. The repository sees active participation from numerous individuals, departments, and groups across campus. His marketing efforts, design sense, and ability to recognize potential campus content partners have led to an enviable collection of diverse content. In addition to articles, faculty content includes a collection of patents, technical reports, conference papers, institute reports, and books, among other items.  And to clearly align with the repository with larger institutional goals, Harrison has created a collection of Extension and Outreach materials, showing how the IR carries “Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa.”

Harrison has not only provided valuable services to his campus; he also regularly gives back to the larger scholarly communications community, presenting at conferences, writing book chapters and articles, and making the repository resources he’s created openly available to others. His thoughtful contributions help the entire community advance.

We congratulate Harrison on his success, and the success of DR@ISU!

2016 IR All-Star: Karen Bjork, Portland State University

July 12, 2016

We are very pleasedIMG_0843 to announce the first of our 2016 IR All-Stars: Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives at Portland State University. Over the past several years Karen has been a vocal and enthusiastic member of the Digital Commons community, most especially with her tireless advocacy for cost-saving Open Educational Resources.

PDXScholar’s core mission is to provide a publishing outlet for scholarly work that does not fit other publication models. Since 2013 this has included PSU-authored open textbooks, created in response to the campus-wide ReTHINK PSU Provost’s Challenge and subsequent funding. Karen, with the help of her team, developed and managed the entire process, including vetting submissions, working with authors to complete and edit their manuscripts, and ensuring the addition of final touches like cover art. There are currently eleven books in the repository’s PDXOpen collection and more on the way in the coming months.  This initiative has already saved students $59,000. This collection is a clear way for the library to align with key campus missions.

Textbooks are just one of PDXScholar’s strengths. According to Marilyn Moody, Dean of the Library, “Karen… has a proven track record of inspiration efforts to make our collections vibrant. Karen also has an innovative and ongoing approach to engaging stakeholders in order to support their scholarly communications needs. She works with faculty, students, and staff with tact, humor and patience.” Under Karen’s direction, PDXScholar has become an extensive and diverse repository with over 12,000 papers and nearly 725,000 downloads in the past year.

Indeed, Karen has worked hard to develop a wide range of collections, including partnerships with Special Collections and University Archives as well as with a number of research centers and institutes on campus. PDXScholar also boasts a wide range of traditional faculty papers, campus conferences and symposia, and journals and newsletters. At a school that prides itself on high-quality student work, Karen has recognized and highlighted the value of undergraduate research and projects, making sure to prominently feature a variety of undergraduate work in PDXScholar as well.

One of the things we most appreciate about Karen is her willingness and eagerness to share her strategies and her passion for repository management. Last fall, she presented an informative bepress webinar about her work with Open Educational Resources at Portland State, and she has presented on related topics at a variety of conferences. Most recently she helped coordinate the first Northwest Institutional Repository User Group, held at her home institution. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Karen in the future as she continues to push PDXScholar to the forefront of university repository standards.

Please join us in congratulating Karen on all her hard work!

Congratulations to the Forthcoming 2016 IR All-Stars!

July 8, 2016

Our annual bepress Digital Commons IR All-Stars awards spotlight four individuals from the Digital Commons community who have demonstrated a unique, high-impact, and replicable approach to IR success, and have made a meaningful contribution to the scholarly communications community as a whole. We are very excited to announce that this year’s group of All-Stars has officially been selected!

As always, selecting just four All-Stars was an incredible challenge. This year, in addition to accepting nominations from within bepress, we requested nominations from the Digital Commons community. We know we have many dedicated and outstanding Digital Commons administrators; this gave us an opportunity to hear from the field and get a full picture of the work many of you are doing. We received many wonderful nominations citing day-to-day leadership, special projects, and contributions to the community—we wish we could honor you all.

All-Stars must have:

  • At least 3 years as an IR manager.
  • 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.
  • A demonstrated eagerness to share and teach others, whether through presentations, articles, case studies, or videos, that provide guidelines and best practices so others can replicate the strategies that made the IR manager an IR All-Star.

Over the next month, we’ll be announcing and highlighting the accomplishments of this year’s IR All-Stars here on the DC Telegraph, and linking to some of the amazing resources they’ve created. Check back next week for our first All-Star!



Digital Commons Development Roadmap: June 2016

June 28, 2016

A new round of features are in the works for Digital Commons and SelectedWorks. This week we are highlighting some of the major improvements coming to Digital Commons over the next several months.

Soon bepress will be integrating ORCID identifiers into Digital Commons and SelectedWorks. During 2016, we will begin our integration with ORCID by collecting the identifiers for authors across both platforms. As adoption of the ORCID identifier continues to grow, we will work with our community to identify and develop features and integrations based on ORCID. If you’re interested in adding ORCID features to your repository, please contact

Advanced Administrator Tools:
We love providing the high level of support that keeps your IRs thriving, but we also know that some of you would like the ability to get under the hood of your sites. Stay tuned this fall when we unveil a new opportunity for experienced IR administrators to build-your-own collections, including:

  • Creating new communities
  • Creating new series, and
  • Creating new book and image galleries

If you aren’t feeling the DIY spirit, don’t worry; we will continue to provide the same level of support and service as we always have.

Author Dashboard enhancements:
Authors need to demonstrate the impact of their research, so we’ll soon be expanding the reporting capabilities of the Author Dashboard. Like the Digital Commons Dashboard, the Author Dashboard will include flexible date range options and the ability for authors to easily share their dashboards. These enhancements will make it simple for authors to illustrate the impact their work is having, including with tenure and review committees. Also on the horizon: additional impact information from the Digital Commons Network, which will let authors know when they are popular in a particular discipline.

We hope that you’re as excited about these coming features as we are! Next week we will have information about some new features coming to SelectedWorks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

TAMU’s Law IR helps boost visibility and ranking

June 23, 2016

When your school ranking goes up 38 spots in one year, you know you are doing something right. This exciting story about Texas A&M University School of Law had us intrigued and we checked in with Susan Phillips, Professor of Law and Director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library to learn more. As it turned out, Susan told us “there were many pieces of the puzzle, and Digital Commons was certainly one of them.”

Dean Andrew Morriss started at TAMU in 2014, with a commitment to building the reputation of institution and helping it rise in the ranks. Bolstered by support from the regents and with exciting plans for hiring, the school found that it had to work on visibility of its faculty scholarship and compete for high level faculty in the recruitment process.

While many faculty were already using SSRN, Susan reports that Texas A&M Law Scholarship, their repository, helped create the broader visibility that Dean Morriss set to bring to TAMU. The Digital Commons Dashboard has helped demonstrate their impact. Since their repository was launched a year ago TAMU scholarship has received over 20,000 downloads, with many of their readers coming from prominent law schools like Harvard, Columbia, and NYU; quite a few prominent law firms; and even readership from the Supreme Court, the Equal Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Justice.

Susan sends out the monthly report of top downloads and authors to the campus community which has resulted in some friendly competition that has built momentum and engagement with the IR. “Every time I send one of those emails, I get an inquiry from a faculty member about including their work in the IR,” Susan said.

This focus on serving faculty reputation and scholarship has also been key to their extensive SelectedWorks pages (created by the library, but maintained in partnership with faculty), which integrate seamlessly with the University’s faculty profile pages. As Susan puts it, “The message we are sending, to current faculty or those in the recruitment process, is that TAMU will do everything it can to promote your scholarship, get it read, and build your reputation in the field.”


One of Susan’s monthly emails to campus

Partnering with National Parks to Support Research and Citizen Science

June 16, 2016

This summer the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, a milestone that has us reflecting on  the programs and research associated with these amazing national resources.  As it turns out, academic libraries and national parks share a common goal of making research available to the public, and two DC universities are already partnering with research centers in nearby national parks.

First let’s journey to Kentucky, where Western Kentucky University’s TopSCHOLAR features The Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning (MCICSL), a partnership between the repository and Mammoth Cave National Park. The Center facilitates research at the park, teaches visitors about the research, and helps the public become involved with the research through citizen science. While the National Park Service has a research portal that includes reports and other NPS-created documents, MCICSL Education Coordinator Shannon Trimboli was looking for an additional solution that would create greater discoverability for MCICSL’s documents. Shannon said, “When I learned about TopSCHOLAR, I realized it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. It is easy to use and the documents in TopSCHOLAR show up in major search engines, which make them easy to find when searching for information on a given topic.” Readers can browse the Mammoth Cave Center’s collections through the Mammoth Cave Research Symposia and the MCICSL Newsletter in TopSCHOLAR.

Traveling northwest from Kentucky to Wyoming, you can find The University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center, in The University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Scholars Repository. Headquartered on the University of Wyoming campus, the joint endeavor between the university and the National Park Service supports research in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Research Center is able to publish its journal, including annual reports, through the partnership with the repository, and the University of Wyoming Libraries and their repository initiative can attract more readers to the IR through this popular material.

If you can’t make it to one of the national parks this summer, we recommend checking out these resources for a virtual tour.

University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center - WySR

University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center – WySR

Dots & Dashes: Get Valuable Feedback on How Readers Are Using Your Repository

June 14, 2016

Alevtina Verbovetskaya, a librarian at CUNY, recently wrote a blog post detailing how the CUNY libraries set up dynamic feedback links on their PDF cover pages. The blog details how you, too, can set up this feature with the help of your bepress Consultant.

Open Access: 100 Stories of Impact

June 9, 2016

Impact is a frequently used, but rarely defined term. This is especially true in the field of open access and scholarly communication. What do we mean when we talk about the impact of open access? What do we measure and why? At bepress we are working on a project that aims to answer these questions and show how that information might be useful for libraries and institutions.

Over the years, we’ve amassed a large set of data, drawn from your success stories, Digital Commons and Author Dashboards, and other measurement tools, that demonstrate the impact of sharing work open access.  From this collection we’ve selected 100 examples that demonstrate concrete outcomes. For example:

  • Pitzer College student Mary C. Ferguson was invited to join the board of a Los Angeles environmental non-profit group after her senior thesis on sediment removal was found on Scholarship@Claremont in an online search.
  • Utah State University Physics professor J.R. Dennison was contacted by a local business with a NASA/U.S. Airforce contract and succeeded in forging an ongoing partnership that opened up a commercial application for his work.
  • Recent articles in The Guardian, Open Culture and other media sites have given over 20,000 readers access to University of Wollongong’s archive of OZ Magazine, which has been referred to as the most controversial magazine of the sixties.

While the stories in themselves are striking, when we looked at the entire dataset, some clear categories emerged. Below you’ll find a framework that maps out these categories and organizes them in relation to the person or group experiencing the benefit: the reader, the author, or the institution.  We found that for each group, there was an overarching theme to the benefit.  For readers who discover open access materials online this can be described as the benefit of “advancing knowledge.”  Authors benefit from having a much broader readership and “building reputation” for their work. Finally, institutions which provide the mechanism for open access through their repositories reap the benefit of being able to “demonstrate achievement” that their investments and program have enabled.

Overall we identified 100 examples of impact, but we know that there are a lot more. Over the next few months we’ll be looking more closely at our data and will present our findings on impact in  the fall.  Sign up for our upcoming webinar, Open Access: 100 Stories of Impact, to learn more.

We hope that creating a framework like this will be a useful resource to the community. But we want to hear what you think. Do you have stories of impact to share with us? How would you use a framework such as this? What other kinds of information or data points would be useful to you? Email us at to give us your feedback and stories of impact. We look forward to hearing from you.

bepress Impact of Open Access Framework




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