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Development Sneak Preview: Features Coming with Digital Commons 8.3

August 23, 2016

Faster, better, stronger! No, we’re not reminiscing about the Olympics—these are the thoughts we hope you’ll have as you check out our new release. Digital Commons 8.3 rolls out in a couple of weeks with new features and improvements designed to make your lives a lot easier. Highlights of the new release include:

Digital Commons Administrator Toolkit

Many of you have expressed interest in having more direct control over your DC sites. With Digital Commons 8.3 we’ll be giving trained IR administrators the opportunity to get under the hood using the Digital Commons Administrator Toolkit. This free new product enables those administrators  to create new communities, series, ETD series, book, and image galleries. If you are interested in having access to this toolkit, contact your consultant, who can give you more information about training, terms, and eligibility. As always, if you prefer to let us do the building for you, rest assured that we that we are happy to continue providing that service and support.

Batch Upload

Did you know that over 50% of the content across Digital Commons is incorporated via batch uploads? Batch is a very important feature for our community, and we’ve listened to your requests. With this release we are beginning a series of improvements to make the process easier and more streamlined. Next month your batch uploads will import successful records and create placeholders for the failed ones, you’ll receive more descriptive batch error emails, and you’ll get access to a page showing the status of your uploads (pictured in the screenshot below). And this is just the beginning; stay tuned for news about other improvements to batch coming throughout the year.

Single Sign-On  

When you’re in, you’re in—that’s the experience we want you to have. You told us that you were tired of multiple sign-on prompts and we heard your pain! With the release of Digital Commons 8.3 you’ll have the ability to sign in once and be authenticated across all bepress products.

These are just a few highlights of what’s coming in September. Stay tuned for more details in the release notes and documentation. Meanwhile, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at

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The 2016-2017 Scholarly Communications Experts Directory is Here!

August 16, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 2016-2017 Scholarly Communications Experts Directory is now available. We invite you to take advantage of this resource to connect with experts on a variety of topics as you plan your fall outreach strategies, Open Access Week events, upcoming publications and presentations, and your other scholarly communication activities.  According to Rob Sieczkiewicz at Susquehanna University,

“Using the [2015] Scholarly Communications Experts directory was indispensable to me both in selecting a repository platform and implementing Digital Commons. All the experts I contacted were generous with their time, happily answered my questions, and gave me valuable, real world examples and advice.”

This edition includes responses from a diverse group of over 130 Digital Commons users who have expertise in 34 different areas of scholarly communications and repository management.  Whether, like Rob, you’re just getting started, or you have a specific need, you can use the directory to find an expert on any scholarly communications issue from library-led publishing and ETD management to providing digital support for specific groups and organizations.

Each expert is profiled with his or her complete scholarly communications record, specific areas of focus, and publications on relevant topics.

You can access the directory at the link above, or at Feel free to share it with your colleagues!  Questions or comments?  Contact us at

2016-2017 Directory

Digital Commons Network Surpasses Two Million Articles

August 9, 2016

The Digital Commons Network (DCN) was launched three years ago with just over 500,000 works from 250 institutions. Today we are excited to announce that the DCN recently surpassed two million open access articles from over 450 institutions. This makes DCN the largest subject repository of open access scholarship available, nearly twice the size of arXiv and well over three times larger than SSRN. The two million items in the DCN have been downloaded 345 million times.

All content in the Network is downloadable without a login, meets open standards (OAI), and is available for bulk download via participating institutions’ OAI feeds. Institutions control what is in their Digital Commons and SelectedWorks platforms and whether that content is included in the network.

Built on a dynamic and intuitive graphical interface, the Digital Commons Network makes it simple and fun for readers to discover research related to their disciplines. Researchers can take advantage of the built-in networking tools to follow popular authors, institutions, and publications in their field.

Since launching the Network we’ve heard a great deal of enthusiasm for the DCN as a whole as well as for the data available from the individual commons, including Law, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Arts and Humanities. The Digital Commons Network is also a valuable research tool for non-academic researchers including the media, government agencies, industry, and K-12 educators and students.

As we see this incredible resource grow, we want to hear your stories. How are you using the Digital Commons Network? Write us at or share stories via twitter @bepress.

The New Expert Gallery is Here and Ready to Share Around Campus

August 3, 2016

We are proud to announce the beta launch of bepress’s newest product, the Expert Gallery, designed to promote the institution through the rich expertise of its faculty and researchers. The Expert Gallery is ready to help you meet the campus-wide need to connect experts with opportunities, so please feel free to start sharing with groups on campus now:

  • Marketing and Communications/Media Relations offices regularly field requests from the media for experts in newsworthy topics.
  • The Office of Research matches researchers with funding opportunities and must showcase the results of their grant-funded projects.
  • Prospective graduate students need to know who is working in their area of interest.
  • Researchers both on and off campus are constantly looking for interdisciplinary partnerships but don’t always know where their research interests overlap.
  • Businesses in the area want to partner with researchers to further develop their products.

The Expert Gallery integrates seamlessly with other bepress products and is part of a suite of services coming in early 2017. Leveraging your institution’s expertise as well as its scholarship, the suite offers SelectedWorks, the Expert Gallery, and a new set of faculty reporting and analytics tools.

The best news? The entire suite comes at no additional cost to anyone who signs up for SelectedWorks by the end of the year. If you’ve got questions or feedback about how you’re using the new Expert Gallery, please contact

Beta Product Launch of Expert Gallery: Promote Your Institution Through Your Experts

July 28, 2016

We’re excited to announce the beta launch of the Expert GalleryTM, a new product for institutions eager to highlight the rich expertise of their faculty. The Expert Gallery facilitates the valuable work of connecting your institution’s researchers with opportunities that might otherwise be missed. Starting August 3rd, groups such as Marketing and Communications and the Office of Research can use the product to better land funding opportunities, speaking engagements, and professional collaborations for top faculty members.

The Expert Gallery is designed to let stakeholders within and outside of the institution find researchers by interest, skill set, and research emphasis: simple searching and browsing, along with the flexibility to create and display custom galleries, helps facilitate targeted discovery for experts on campus. A built-in, rich toolset lets institutions organize, manage, and connect their researchers to the right opportunities and interested parties outside the institution. While most expert galleries contain just biographical information and a bibliography, integration of the bepress Expert Gallery with SelectedWorksTM profiles lets researchers prove their expertise with a full picture of their scholarly research, including published and unpublished works, datasets, teaching materials, and media appearances.

Launching the Expert Gallery as a new product reflects an important expansion of bepress’s mission. For years we’ve helped libraries reclaim their central role through providing services across campus. We’ve especially focused on supporting the library in its important efforts to promote the institution through the scholarship it produces. With the Expert Gallery, the library can meet its campus’s needs to go beyond demonstrating the value of its scholarship. Now the library can offer a way to promote the institution through the rich skills of the people who make it unique.

We plan to continue on this path of helping institutions maximize the impact of people as well as their people’s scholarship. In early 2017 we will launch a suite of services that includes SelectedWorks, the Expert Gallery, and a set of faculty reporting and analytics tools.

The Expert Gallery comes at no additional charge to current SelectedWorks subscribers and anyone who signs up for SelectedWorks by the end of the year.

Butler University's Expert Gallery

Butler University’s Expert Gallery

Congratulations to the 2016 IR All-Stars!

July 26, 2016

Congratulations again to the stellar group of 2016 IR All-Stars! They have inspired us with their dedication and creativity, and we hope you are inspired as well. Click on the below links to read about their contributions to the Digital Commons and Scholarly Communications communities, as well as to their individual institutions.

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!


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