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Ohio IR Day 2014: Successful Meeting, Great Potential

On October 24th, Wright State’s Digital Services Department hosted the first Ohio IR Day at the State Library of Ohio. Librarians, archivists, and technologists from throughout the state came together to discuss IRs as a part of celebrating Open Access Week. A total of 32 people attended Ohio IR Day. Attendees came from a variety of institutions including public and private academic libraries, OhioLINK, the Ohio History Connection, and even an academic librarian from out of state.

The day began with institutional introductions in an effort to allow people to familiarize themselves with each other. I heard the same phrase repeated by many of the attendees during this session, “I talked to you on the phone or corresponded with you via email. It is great to put a face with a name.” Next, Ann Connolly, from bepress presented on the Role of IRs in Open Access. She demonstrated the many ways IRs have moved the OA movement forward with examples from several Ohio bepress subscribers. Ann then encouraged audience participation by asking for ideas and suggestions on recruiting content. Participants shared experiences on working with 2nd year faculty, using Digital Measures as a means to capture scholarship, and encouraging the faculty to publish postprints in the IR.

Lightning rounds followed Ann’s presentation. A total of 10 presentations were given on topics such as creating an IR using Hydra, workflow, openURLs, enhancing oral histories, and copyright. We hope to have this material online in the near future at CORE Scholar (corescholar.libraries.wright.edu).

Following the Lightning Rounds, the attendees were broken into smaller groups to hold Birds of a Feather discussions. These discussions focused on topics such as content recruitment, workflow/staffing, digital humanities, archival collections, etc. Groups had lively discussions, were able to hear about projects others were doing, and answered questions about how to tackle some of the issues that confront their IRs.

The meeting closed with a discussion about where to go from here. Many in attendance liked the format saying it was informal and easy to get to. Attendees were happy that there was no registration fee. Others worried that the model may not be sustainable. I will send out a survey shortly to ask for more feedback on the meeting. Please feel free to fill it out even if you did not attend. We would like to hear about how you envision the next meeting.

Overall, I thought the meeting was a great success. The day is exactly what we intended. We wanted to get to know others in the state who are doing the same kind of work and hear about their projects, workflow, roadblocks, successes, and failures. I truly look forward to the next time we meet.

OhioLINK Subject Librarians Webinar: Researcher Services

Yesterday, I presented at the OhioLINK Subject Librarians Webinar: Researcher Services. The focus of my talk was the types of services an institutional repository can offer to undergrads with a research agenda. In preparation for this presentation, I took a hard look at the benefits undergrads can receive from posting in an IR, like CORE Scholar.

First, undergrads are able to include papers, presentations, posters, and data in our repository. By doing so, students are making their materials available to a worldwide audience. We are hopeful that this will help them while job hunting or applying to graduate school. Second, they have the opportunity to publish an article in an open access peer reviewed journal. Lastly, we are educating these users at an early stage of their careers about authors’ rights and open access.  These students are future faculty, scholars, and researchers. If we can get them to understand the importance of author’s rights and open access now, it will be normal practice for them to seek out open access journals, question publisher’s policies, and ask for rights to use their articles as they wish.

There are more benefits that we hope to offer undergrads as our IR develops. We are looking to include the ability to add Creative Commons licenses, use ORCID identifiers, and altmetrics. If you would like to learn more or get a copy of my presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact me (jane.wildermuth@wright.edu).