2016 Digital Commons + Great Lakes User Group & NY IR Day

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    To Submit, Click Here: Teaching Novice Undergraduate and Graduate Researchers the Submission and Revision Steps of the Publication Process via the Institutional Repository
    (2016-07-29) Bull, Jonathan; Valparaiso University
    For undergraduate and graduate students aiming to transition into formalized researcher roles, learning the steps of the publication process can be difficult and unclear. Even with sound advice from mentor faculty members, learning academic publishing practices many times relies heavily on word-of-mouth and unwritten rules. Using a modified version of content submission and peer-review options within the institutional repository, Valparaiso University’s Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources (CCLIR) formed partnerships to teach these emerging scholars about the steps in the publication and conference presentation processes by mimicking professional submission and revision practices online. Two specific examples of this new process will be discussed.
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    Increasing Faculty Engagement in OA Repositories with Strategic Linking
    (2016-07-29) Andreu, Frances; Paulus, Nicholas; Rochester Institute of Technology
    A presentation of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s faculty bibliography website and how submissions to the bibliography page are linked to the Open Access institutional repository, RIT Scholar Works, facilitating the process for faculty. Since we implemented the system, faculty submissions to the repository have increased significantly. Their research is additionally highlighted through an RSS link between the repository and the university’s home page, thus increasing visibility of faculty scholarship and the institutional repository.
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    Creating Digital Special Collections
    (2016-07-29) Rakower, Josh; Cowling, Charlie; Buffalo State College; The College at Brockport
    One of the ways that librarians at Buffalo State have been able to utilize the institutional repository has been through the creation of digital special collections. In this talk presenters will discuss how to shape materials into digital special collections, including how to choose which materials to focus on, how to structure the web page on the repository, search engine optimization, and obtaining copyright information on the materials.
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    We’re Open Access—But Are We Accessible?
    (2016-07-29) Ruen, Matt; Rander, Jackie; Grand Valley State University
    The open access movement, from the Budapest and Berlin declarations onward, has consistently focused on removing economic and legal barriers to scholarly information. While this has increased access to research for many, it implicitly assumes that content need only be online, free, and openly licensed for everyone to have access—an assumption which neglects the barriers that may lurk within content, preventing disabled or impaired users from enjoying the same access to scholarship. This assumption is as prevalent in library open access services as elsewhere; like many other repository teams, we have focused on recruiting content, not evaluating it. This year, with strategic priorities from the university and library increasingly focused on accessibility, we are challenging that assumption. However, as we began asking whether our repository content was accessible, we realized that not only did we not know the answer, we didn’t know where to start asking questions! To remedy this, we partnered with accessibility experts on campus, explored best practices for accessibility, and developed a rubric for evaluating repository content. Through a subsequent “accessibility audit” we identified opportunities to change policies and practices, in order to make our open access content more truly accessible. In this presentation, we will describe this accessibility audit: the resources and expertise which helped us understand what to evaluate, the tools we developed to guide our analysis, what we learned about our repository materials, and the changes we are making in response to what we learned. We will share and discuss our rubric and also suggest some best practices for Digital Commons administrators. Through this discussion, we hope to spark a conversation about how repository managers can balance the time and opportunity costs of improved accessibility with the benefits of making open access research truly accessible.
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    Starting, Publishing, and Sustaining an Online Journal: Beginner’s Workshop
    (2016-07-29) Maxwell, Pat; Larrivee, Anne; DeLuca, Lisa; Binghamton University; Seton Hall University; The College at Brockport
    This interactive workshop will offer best practices to follow when creating, publishing, and sustaining an online journal. Although online journals share many characteristics, journals can vary based on how editors choose to set them up. As more libraries assist with this process, editors are coming to librarians with questions about how to start. This collaborative pairing leads to questions such as: How can librarians be involved in the publishing process, and to what capacity? Who will design the journal? How can the library promote these journals and encourage submissions? Learn from a team of librarians who will use their consulting, managing, and editing experiences to provide insight about the online journal creation process.