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Thursday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Being Earnest about Institutional Repositories

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Quickly following what many expected to be a wholesale revolution in library practices, many institutional repositories encountered unforeseen problems and a surprising lack of impact. Clunky or cumbersome interfaces, lack of value and use by scholars, fear of copyright infringement and the like tended to dampen excitement and adoption. Libraries that have repositories, and those considering whether or not to take the plunge, are asking a number of questions we hope to address and discuss.

This lively lunch discussion will address four particular topics that are constant areas of focus for institutional repositories:

1. Choosing a Platform
2. Setting Policies
3. Recruiting and Creating Content
4. Measuring Success 

Topics and themes that will be discussed at this lively lunch will mirror an upcoming Charleston Insights Series publication that is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2015 Charleston Conference. Audience members will have likely experienced some of these concerns, so we expect them to join our lively discussion with questions and comments. Participants will walk away with an enhanced understanding of how to launch IRs, how the role of the IR has evolved, and what are some of the possible future directions of IRs.

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Burton Callicott

Reference Librarian, College of Charleston
I am the Instruction Coordinator for the College of Charleston Addlestone Library and I am interested in Institutional Repositories. I am helping to get the CofC IR, The Charleston ARC, off the ground and running and, with Andrew Wesolek and David Scherer, I just had an edited volume, Making Institutional Repositories Work, published with Purdue UP.
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David Scherer

Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant, Carnegie Mellon University
David Scherer is the assistant to the dean of libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, David was the scholarly repository specialist with the Purdue University Libraries. In that role he oversaw Purdue’s primary institutional repository, Purdue e-Pubs, and educated faculty on open ac- cess and author rights, new models of publishing, and opportunities for open access publishing. Alongside his colleagues at the Purdue University... Read More →

Andrew Wesolek

Head of Digital Scholarship, Clemson University
Andrew Wesolek began his professional career as Scholarly Communication Librarian at Utah State University.  In this role, he managed a thriving institutional repository, roughly doubling its size to nearly 36,000 items in two years of service. Wesolek also administered an Open Access Fund and collaborated with stakeholders across campus in the passage of an Institutional Open Access Policy in 2012.  Subsequently, Wesolek chaired the... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403