The Digital Commons New England User Group Meeting was held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, on Friday, July 28, 2017. The meeting was sponsored by bepress and hosted by the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School and the UMass Amherst Libraries.


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    Jerome, Erin (2017-07-28)
    A brief overview of the ways in which we’re trying to work with emeritus faculty to gather all of their scholarship into ScholarWorks@UMassAmherst while at the same time creating faculty researcher profile pages using SelectedWorks.
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    George, Christine Anne (2017-07-28)
    You know how great your IR is going to be, but how do you convey that to the faculty and administration at your institution? That was one of the challenges the Cardozo Law Library faced as we started working on LARC, our Digital Commons repository, and building out Digital Commons. The challenge of appealing to two distinct groups (with plenty of sub-groups) was just the beginning. From the initial discussions of what an IR is and why open access is important to determining how the platform could be best utilized to encompass all scholarship to laying out workflows and providing realistic expectations, we championed LARC. Find out how we crafted LARC’s mission, reached out to faculty, and aligned ourselves with institutional objectives to get everyone (mostly) on the LARC-bandwagon.
  • Putting the Journal of eScience Librarianship on the Map

    Raboin, Regina Fisher; Goldman, Julie (2017-07-28)
    This case study explores the evolution of the library published Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB), as it evolves to continue to serve librarians faced with the many challenges of a data driven environment. JeSLIB is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The library publishes JeSLIB through its eScholarship@UMMS repository on the bepress Digital Commons platform. JeSLIB was at the forefront of thinking about the “library as scholarly publisher” and sought to fill a need for librarians to learn about new challenges related to scientific research data. The journal provides mechanisms for authors to confidently share their work under an appropriately selected Creative Commons license. JeSLIB is also committed to spreading the scholarly work of the profession, and uses Altmetrics to track where readers are sharing articles to. Additionally, the adoption of social media platforms, including YouTube and Twitter, has allowed the journal to interact with readers and authors in new ways. The journal’s team of librarian editors has acquired new skills and expertise in all facets of scholarly publishing to the benefit of the library. Running a publishing program can serve as a critical tool to help librarians cultivate new partnerships and roles. Since starting the journal five years ago, the editorial team has reworked its scope to include newer developments within data science. In thinking about reframing the journal to remain relevant and current, the editors recently conducted an extensive review and revision of the journal’s policies as well as updating the journal’s website. Through this presentation, the editors will share their experiences supporting open access of research, rethinking scholarly publishing, and advancing scientific communication.
  • Storage Made Simple: Preserving Digital Objects with bepress Archive and Amazon S3

    Palmer, Lisa A. (2017-07-28)
    One of the “purposeful pathways” in the UMass Medical School Lamar Soutter Library’s 2016-2020 strategic plan is to “responsibly preserve institutional investments in purchased and unique content” [1]. Upon completion of the strategic plan, the library began to investigate digital preservation services for its institutional repository on the Digital Commons platform, eScholarship@UMMS. Although content on bepress platforms is protected by a robust infrastructure that includes multiple backups and cloud storage with Amazon Glacier, the library was interested in an additional level of preservation and control, at a minimal cost. After researching various options over many months, in 2016 the library implemented the new bepress Archive service [2], which works with Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) [3] to provide a real-time archive of repository content and metadata. This presentation will describe the implementation process and the library’s experience to date with bepress Archive and Amazon S3. [1] http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/lib_articles/196/ [2] https://www.bepress.com/reference_guide_dc/getting-started-bepress-archive/ [3] https://aws.amazon.com/s3/
  • Digital Commons at RISD: Building Communities While Presenting Legacy

    Pompelia, Mark (2017-07-28)
    Rhode Island School of Design launched its Digital Commons institutional repository in 2015 following a multi-year period of research and investigation with digital content already administered by the Fleet Library. The two years since then have led to uploading nearly four thousand items from stakeholder offices and departments including the school’s strategic plan, commencement addresses, and other speakers and symposia as well as unforeseeable developments such as ephemera from a Cabaret performance-based class (offered 1987-2000) and a faculty-edited journal. Along the way, Digital Commons @ RISD has been presented at faculty meetings, to the school’s Board of Trustees, and stands to contribute to faculty promotion and tenure dossiers while already landing the school into the top downloads for a handful of disciplines at any given time. This presentation will detail the considerations leading to Digital Commons @ RISD and the processes of identifying and building communities across the school, targeting and soliciting their content, digital workflows, content types for differing media, as well as copyright challenges while forcing a much-needed conversation for digital content access and preservation in general.
  • Keeping Track of Embargo Records: The Utilization of Google Apps

    Luo, Jiebei (2017-07-28)
    This embargo reminder helps keep track of the embargo period of the scholarly work deposited in Creative Matter, the institutional repository of Skidmore College. A number of Google Apps is featured in this reminder, including Google Forms, formMule (a Google Forms add-on), Google Sheets and Google Calendar. Its advantages include: 1. Free of charge 2. Easy implementation 3. Full integration with Google Calendar 4. Live Statistics
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    Quinn Fitzgerald, Sharon (2017-07-28)
    DigitalCommons@UMaine has seen it all with our Electronic Theses and Dissertations community: migrating content from a legacy site, batch loading, filtering content into other communities, building integrated workflows for multiple departments and finally realizing the goal of student/author direct postings. Our ETD is one of the most popular series in our institutional repository with great support along the way from the bepress team.
  • Recent and Upcoming Developments from bepress

    Arder, Aurora (2017-07-28)
    This presentation will discuss recent and upcoming developments from bepress, including: Improvements to the Expert Gallery Suite, like contact buttons, badges, and easy embed options New tools to support reporting on campus Results of our harvesting pilot Support for ORCID research identifiers New option to host streaming content through bepress
  • ResearchGate vs. the Institutional Repository: Competition or Complement?

    Lovett, Julia; Rathemacher, Andrée (2017-07-28)
    The popularity of ResearchGate and Academia.edu indicates that scholars want to share their work, yet to librarians tasked with implementing an Open Access policy, it can appear as though faculty are willing to invest more time uploading articles to academic social networks—often in violation of publisher policies—than in submitting articles for deposit in the institutional repository. In this lightning talk, we will present the results of a population study and survey that revealed the practices, attitudes, and motivations of faculty at the University of Rhode Island around depositing their work in ResearchGate and complying with our permissions-based Open Access Policy. While the majority of URI faculty do not use either service, we were surprised to find that faculty who share articles through ResearchGate are more likely to comply with the Open Access Policy, not less, suggesting that librarians should not view academic social networks as a threat. We discovered that a significant barrier to compliance with the OA Policy is the fact that it targets the author’s accepted manuscript version of articles and that misunderstandings about copyright leave authors confused about options for legally sharing their work.
  • Migrating to the Open: Moving Scholarly Journals to the IR

    Phillips, Ellen (2017-07-28)
    In the past year the University of New Hampshire School of Law Library moved three journals off of the shelves and into our repository. All three are very different in scope and format which necessitated a customized approach for each. It’s important to consider the unique attributes of each journal when setting it up in Digital Commons. For example we had publications that changed names over time, we had combined issues on some years but not on others, and we had used some inconsistent editorial practices all over the place. These all needed to be addressed before we could ingest the archive of back issues into the IR. We also had to make decisions about new editorial roles and responsibilities for upcoming issues and make sure that those decisions gelled with the process that we were using for uploading back issues. While we are still refining our metadata and are in the process of creating tutorials for our editors to use, we have seen the success of our journals in action; one was quoted in the New York Times and another one was on Forbes.com. Moving publications from print or static web pages into Digital Commons is an exciting way to boost the visibility and viability of a journal.