January 26th is Institutional Repository Day at UNK

Written by Susan Mueller, Coordinator of Collection Services, Professor

January 26 is IR Day at UNK. IR stands for Institutional Repository. Join your colleagues for an overview and discussion of bepress Digital Commons, a digital repository and publishing platform.
The Calvin T. Ryan Library wants everyone to become familiar with the possibilities of this great tool.

An IR is a system for gathering in one place all the valuable digital work being produced on campus, in order to showcase and disseminate it for maximum effect. Content in Digital Commons is optimized for discovery, access, and scholarly impact on the open web.
This is an opportunity to learn how Digital Commons might support research, teaching, and public engagement on campus. The presentations will explore the variety of content that would benefit from being showcased in a university repository:

Faculty research. This includes the full spectrum of faculty digital scholarship, from already published research articles to reports, working papers, data sets, video, creative works, and more. The platform showcases individual departments, centers, and programs, as well as individual faculty profile pages.
Student research. Possible examples include undergraduate research, theses and dissertations, honors projects, creative work, student events, and student-edited journals and publications.
Open Educational Resources. The platform’s multimedia capabilities allow the university to share with the world all the valuable curricular materials learning objects produced on campus, as well as to give faculty and instructors the opportunity to author and publish open access textbooks.
Scholarly publishing. Digital Commons is a professional publishing platform and supports online peer review and publishing, lowering the barriers to publish and manage digital journals, books, and conferences.
University publications and administrative documents, including annual reports,
marketing materials, an archive of press releases, and campus archival
collections.

Irene Kamotsky of bepress will be giving all of the presentations in the
Academic Affairs Conference Room, Room 2047, Founders Hall.
The various presentations will be at the following times:

8-8:30 – General Session
9-9:30 – Dean’s Council
10-10:30 – Focus on Undergraduate Work
11-11:30 – Focus on Faculty Research
1-1:30 – General Session (Repeat of morning session)
2-2:30 – Focus on Faculty Research (Repeat of morning session)
3-3:30 – Focus on Undergraduate Work (Repeat of morning session)
4-4:30 – Focus on Visibility and University Marketing

Each session will provide a good overview of IR’s, so if you have a time conflict with the session you most want to attend, feel free to drop-in on any of them. Hope to see you there!

Questions?? Send them to either Susan Mueller (8853) or Janet Wilke (8546)

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