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Tuesday, April 28 • 1:10pm - 2:05pm
24X7 Talks (Library Innovations & Initiatives)

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Beyond the Printed Page: Using an IR as a Platform for Discovery, Interaction, and Integration, Sarah Wipperman

This presentation covers some of the innovative ways members of the Penn community have been using their institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons (http://repository.upenn.edu), to both present and preserve their research. These IR projects provide a more user-based approach to archiving materials than is used in more traditional deposits by allowing users to interact with 3D modules, videos, images, and other embedded materials and by providing online supplements to printed volumes. The materials are additionally presented within the IR in a way that encourages further exploration and discovery of information. These projects show how an IR can both complement traditional publishing yet also provide a stand-alone publishing platform in itself.

Digital Commons Readership Activity Map, Dave Stout

We will present the Digital Commons Readership Activity Map, an almost real-time visualization of full-text downloads across the globe.  Soon after an institution’s scholarship is downloaded from a Digital Commons collection, a pin will drop on the IR’s Readership Activity Map, showing viewers what’s being read in real-time. From Singapore to Salt Lake City, if there are people interested in a collection, there are pins on the map to prove it. We’ve got a live example of the Readership Activity Map for to interact with on the Life Sciences discipline page of the Digital Commons Network: http://network.bepress.com/life-sciences/

The Readership Activity Map validates the investment in the repository initiative by demonstrating the impact of the institution’s research that has been collected and shared by the library. Library directors can finally show their trustees, funders, provosts, deans, and other stakeholders on campus the global reach of the campus research output in real-time.

Small Scholarly Journals: A Growth Area for Repositories? Julie Kelly

Repositories are missing opportunities by not pursuing small scholarly journals. There are thousands, many published by small professional societies. Some are small operations and may not know their options or the benefits of making older issues freely available. Others are more prominent and may decide to allow their current and older content to be put behind pay walls.

Working on a subject repository, AgEcon Search, http://ageconsearch.umn.edu has allowed us to see this situation firsthand. We have 85 journals and a third of those include older material. In some cases we have assisted in digitization process. Each year we turn away journals that approach us but do not fit our subject parameters.

While subject repositories are obvious destinations for small journals, not every subdiscipline has or ever will have one. Institutional repositories could consider approaching journals that represent campus strengths or that have editorial staff on campus.

Prioritizing publishing: Creating a University Press within the Library, Isaac Gilman

The aim if publishing—dissemination of new knowledge—is central to the mission of academic libraries. However, outside of large research institutions, few libraries have committed to publishing as a core service area—it is usually seen as an adjunct or experimental service. At Pacific University, the University Libraries are making that commitment by launching a university press that is intentionally integrated into the work of the library. This involves the inclusion of publishing in the library’s mission and core themes and the reallocation of resources and creation of new workflows in existing units to support the Pacific University Press. Through the Press, the goal of the Libraries is not only to disseminate new knowledge, but to contribute to a more sustainable scholarly ecosystem where the costs of publishing scholarship are more equitably shared across institutions.

404 Error: Discoverability and User Consumption of Open Access Material, Emma Molls

Using the 2015 Library Publishing Directory, I have created a list of OA "campus-based faculty-driven journal" titles and cross-referenced this list with the title contents of the Directory of Open Access journals. This 24x7 presentation will present my findings of gaps within DOAJ and look for answers as to why titles are not found in both directories. Secondly, the original set of OA titles was cross-referenced in ROAD (Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources) to compare the number of matching records. Finally, the list of OA journal titles was also searched within one library's discovery tool to determine the level of discoverability in a non-Google setting for a specific user group. The goal of this presentation is to begin a conversation of where OA materials are indexed, but more importantly, to think more about how users are (or are not) finding the OA material using indexes.

An Exploration of the “Center of Excellence” Model for Information Services, Joy Kirchner & Susan Fliss

A one-year planning grant was awarded by the Mellon Foundation to examine the Centers of Excellence (CoEs) model and determine whether this approach could provide a means to cultivate skills needed to support emerging technologies and new information services. A team of seven librarians investigated more than 100 centers, narrowed our in-depth research to 35 centers that offered a unique service, design, history and/or funding model and then interviewed nineteen Directors of CoEs and staff from seven funding organizations. We will present our surprising findings and our recommendations for a viable concept for leveraging institutional strengths and building cross-institutional expertise more broadly.


Susan Fliss

Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Researc, Harvard University
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Isaac Gilman

Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services Librarian, Pacific University
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Julie Kelly

University of Minnesota
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Joy Kirchner

Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections, University of Minnesota
Scholarly Communications | Organizational development: new roles
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Emma Molls

Publishing Services Librarian, University of Minnesota
I work with University of Minnesota Libraries to publish scholarly content in an open environment.
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Dave Stout

Director, bepress
Empowering librarians with meaningful, relevant new services for their communities. Engaging institutional stakeholders and aligning with strategic initiatives. | | Topics/keywords: institutional showcases (repositories); library publishing services; digital library services... Read More →

Sarah Wipperman

Scholarly Communications & Digital Repository Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday April 28, 2015 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Crystal Ballroom

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