About Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD)

About Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD)

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About Northeast Institutional Repository Day

A group of librarians from New England collaborated to organize the first-ever Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD) on June 18, 2019. The goal of this free event was to bring together all in the Northeast (and beyond) who manage or are interested in institutional repositories, digital collections, and digital preservation. We are platform agnostic. The second annual Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2020 (NIRD20) was a free virtual event on December 3, 2020. The third annual Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2021 (NIRD21), also a free virtual event, was held December 2, 2021.

NIRD22 registration and program

NIRD22 dates: Thursday, December 1, 2022 (1:00-4:30 pm Eastern time) and Friday, December 2, 2022 (10:00 am - noon Eastern time)

The NIRD22 final program schedule is available!

Registration is free for this virtual event and is now open! (Zoom link will be provided to registrants - the same Zoom link will work for both days of NIRD) NIRD22 registration form

NIRD22 call for proposals

The NIRD22 Call for Proposals is now closed.

The Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2022 (NIRD22) Program Committee is pleased to issue its Call for Proposals for the fourth annual Northeast Institutional Repository Day, a free event that brings together those in the Northeast (and beyond!) who manage or are interested in institutional repositories, digital collections, and digital preservation. Understanding the current environment and financial challenges faced by many this year, NIRD22 will be a virtual event.

Thursday, December 1, 2022 (afternoon) and Friday, December 2, 2022 (morning)
Virtual event (Zoom link will be provided to registrants)

The NIRD22 Program Committee welcomes any proposal related to institutional repositories, but is especially interested in those that focus on your takeaways from successful OR failed projects, collaborations, or initiatives. Tell us what helped or hindered your work in these or other areas:

  • Unique institutional repository (IR) collections;
  • IR metadata interoperability, ingest, or maintenance;
  • Innovations or issues related to stewardship of IR material;
  • Building relationships with IR depositors or contributors;
  • Repository migration, metrics, and accessibility;
  • Building relationships with IR depositors or contributors;
  • Improving equity and inclusion for IR contributors and users.

Proposals that are platform agnostic are particularly encouraged. The Program Committee is not accepting vendor-driven proposals for NIRD22.

The Program Committee is requesting that proposals fall into the following formats:

  • Lightning Talk (10 min) - a brief, free-standing presentation, with or without slides, including Q&A;
  • Presentation (20 min) - a more comprehensive, free-standing presentation or panel, including Q&A;
  • Workshop - an instructor-led workshop on a topic or tool (please note: accepted workshops may be scheduled outside the stated conference time).

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submission: October 14, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: November 1, 2022

Please submit your proposal here: Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2022 - Call for Proposals

If you have questions about NIRD22 programming, please contact one of the Program Committee members:

Conference organizers

NIRD22 Program Committee:

NIRD22 Planning Committee:

NIRD code of conduct

The Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD) values your attendance and is dedicated to providing a positive, harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We want NIRD to be welcoming and supportive and we do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national or regional origin, body size, race, age, religion (or lack thereof), or other marginalized characteristics are inappropriate. Be kind and respectful to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for NIRD. We ask that participants use discretion with photographs of others, recordings, and publicly sharing others’ ideas.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the NIRD Planning Committee may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If you are being harassed, witness another participant being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event organizer immediately; see Attendee Procedure for Handling Harassment for more detail about what would happen. At in-person events, event organizers will wear identifying buttons, and the registration desk will be staffed throughout the event. To contact event organizers during an online event, please use the NIRD contact email address, which is monitored on event days: nird.contact@gmail.com (alternatively, you can send a private chat in Zoom to an identified NIRD organizer).

This policy is adapted from the policies of:

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. It is public domain, no credit and no open licensing of your version is required.

NIRD history

2019 Northeast Institutional Repository Day

A group of librarians from New England collaborated to organize the first-ever Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD) at Boston University on June 18, 2019. The goal of this free event was to bring together all in the Northeast (and beyond) who manage or are interested in institutional repositories, digital collections, and digital preservation.

Conference organizers

  • Eleni Castro, Boston University
  • Erin Jerome, UMass Amherst
  • Colin Lukens, Harvard
  • Mikki Simon Macdonald, MIT
  • Lisa Palmer, UMass Medical School

Acknowledgements: The NIRD conference organizers thank the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to this event:

  • Boston University Libraries for sponsoring and hosting this event, and individual BU units/staff for providing guidance and logistical support leading up to, and on the day of the event: Cathy Annunciata, BU Catering on the Charles staff, BU Events staff, BU Facilities staff, BU Learning & Event Technology Services staff, Richard Larkin, Cathy McLaughlin, Ellen Phillips, and Vika Zafrin. We also would like to thank the Mugar Greene Scholars for generously providing the graphics and posters for our event, particularly Michelle Niebur for the NIRD logo and to Sam West for her graphic design contributions.
  • The Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School: for financial support to cover the travel expenses of the keynote speaker through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NNLM NER); and for website hosting.
  • Our wonderful keynote speaker and presenters.

2020 Northeast Institutional Repository Day

The 2nd Annual Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2020 (NIRD20) was a free virtual event held Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern time. The goal of this event was to bring together all in the Northeast (and beyond) who manage or are interested in institutional repositories, digital collections, and digital preservation.

Conference organizers

  • Eleni Castro, Boston University
  • Erin Jerome, UMass Amherst
  • Colin Lukens, Harvard
  • Mikki Simon Macdonald, MIT
  • Lisa Palmer, UMass Medical School

Acknowledgements: The NIRD20 conference organizers thank the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to this event:

  • Harvard Library for virtual hosting and providing live captioning
  • Boston University Libraries' Greene Scholars Creative Team and particularly to Greg Bond (Graphic Design BFA '21) for generously providing the graphics for our event
  • The Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School for website hosting
  • Our wonderful keynote speaker and presenters.

2021 Northeast Institutional Repository Day

The 3rd Annual Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2021 (NIRD21) was a free virtual event held Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern time. The goal of this event was to bring together all in the Northeast (and beyond) who manage or are interested in institutional repositories, digital collections, and digital preservation.

NIRD21 Program Committee

  • Erin Jerome, UMass Amherst
  • Stephen Krueger, Dartmouth College
  • Emily O’Brien, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Lisa Palmer, UMass Chan Medical School
  • Sadie Roosa, MIT

NIRD Executive Committee

  • Eleni Castro, Boston University
  • Erin Jerome, UMass Amherst
  • Colin Lukens, Harvard
  • Mikki Simon Macdonald, MIT
  • Lisa Palmer, UMass Chan Medical School

Acknowledgements: The NIRD Executive Committee and the NIRD21 Program Committee thank the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to this event:

  • MIT Libraries for virtual hosting and providing live captioning
  • Boston University Libraries' Greene Scholars Creative Team and particularly to Hannah Hong (CFA '23) for generously providing the graphics for our event
  • The Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Chan Medical School for website hosting
  • Our wonderful presenters.

Website platform migration

In August 2022, Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD) moved from the Bepress Digital Commons platform to the Open Repository platform, a DSpace platform hosted by Atmire.

Image credit: Boston University Libraries' Greene Scholars Creative Team and particularly to Hannah Hong (CFA '23).