Full-Length Talks

Recent and Upcoming Developments from bepress
Jillian Clark and Irene Kamotsky, bepress
  • Improvements to the Expert Gallery Suite, like contact buttons, badges, and easy embed options
  • Support for ORCID research identifiers
  • New option to host streaming content through bepress
  • Expanding our supported authentication systems
  • New tools to support reporting on campus
The librarian as publishing professional
R. Philip Reynolds, Stephen F. Austin State University

Many libraries are expanding their support for faculty in publishing new journals. The editorial staff of these publishing efforts look to the library for guidance in several key areas of journal publishing. Often editors are unaware of standards and requirements to reach the threshold of a professional peer-reviewed journal. This presentation will demonstrate a dynamic checklist that maps various journal standards and requirements such as ISSN, DOAJ, OASPA, DOAJ, COPE, etc. to the Digital Commons journal setup form.

We need to talk: Educating internal stakeholders on repository needs
James Williamson, Southern Methodist University
Felicia Williamson, Dallas Holocaust Museum

In creating, managing, and adapting digital collections, managers often face hurdles, including technical misunderstanding and intimidation. By educating internal stakeholders and creating allies, information managers can facilitate institutional change and are better prepared to request funding to pursue innovative programs requiring technical infrastructure. Felicia Williamson, Archivist at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, will discuss the ongoing efforts to build a more robust technical infrastructure at a small non-profit museum. James Williamson, Digital Preservation Librarian at SMU, will discuss methods to increase stakeholders’ understanding of the need for digital preservation beyond simply storing and sharing files.

Toward a better understanding of open access policy assessment
Pamela Andrews, University of North Texas
Amanda Zerangue, Texas Woman's University
Karen Harker, University of North Texas

In this presentation, the speakers will use current scholarship on IR and collection holdings assessment models to tease apart elements useful for understanding the fluid components of an open access policy. By disentangling these elements, the speakers will highlight the strengths of assessment models that can be used as part of a holistic measurement of an OA policy. The presentation will conclude with discussion of a preliminary model of an open access policy assessment instrument and its utility across different institutions.

Collaborative conversations: Digital scholarship in a liberal arts institution
Jane Costanza, Trinity University
Benjamin R. Harris, Trinity University

In this case-study presentation, Trinity University’s Head of Discovery Services and the Head of Instruction Services will offer evidence of the ways that both technical and public services staff collaborate in conversations that drive digital scholarship initiatives. Highlighting the benefits available at a liberal arts institution, the speakers will focus on the ways librarians are able to communicate with students, academic faculty, and with one another to offer innovative services as well as provide access to unique scholarship and collections. Essential factors in facilitating this work will also be considered.

Barriers to OER adoption (and potential solutions)
Amanda Hovious, University of North Texas

In 2012, UNESCO declared that governments should develop strategies and policies that promote open educational resources (OER) as an avenue toward the universal right of access to education. Though OER has increased exponentially since that time, there remain confounding factors that act as barriers to OER adoption, such as discoverability, reusability, and sustainability. This should be of concern to librarians who support OER. This session will provide an overview of findings from the literature on barriers and possible solutions to OER adoption. The session will improve participant understanding of these difficult barriers, which can impede their role as OER advocates.

Lightning Talks

Aqualine books at UNT: A progress report
Kevin S. Hawkins, University of North Texas

In June 2015, the UNT Libraries launched a for-fee service for publishing scholarly works written by authors affiliated with the university. While authors can choose from a menu of editing and design options, all publications are made free to read online through the institutional repository. We will reflect on our choices in designing the publishing service—such as delivering publications through the repository, requiring free public access but not Creative Commons licenses, and not organizing peer review—and discuss what authors have chosen from the menu of options over the past two years.

Deciphering signatures for improved discoverability of ETDs Stacey Wolf, University of North Texas
Kevin Yanowski, University of North Texas

Ever look at a signature and realize you cannot read the name? The UNT Libraries ran into this problem when adding metadata to recently-digitized theses and dissertations. Deciphering signatures proved difficult and time-consuming because centralized employee rosters do not exist. Catalogers tried several methods to organize signatures, but as our list of names grew, each method proved unwieldy and required an upgrade. This presentation will explain how we ultimately created a database with increased functionality to organize signatures for easier identification. Participants will learn what database characteristics worked for us and be able to apply these ideas for their own needs.

Copyright and the article submission: How to prepare authors for copyright compliance
Pamela E. Pagels, Southern Methodist University

Preparing a work for submission to publishers or repositories goes beyond writing, editing, and peer review of the text. There are multiple copyright aspects for the author to address. Using copyrighted material in a work may require permission and entering into licensing agreements. Signing publication agreements requires an understanding of the copyright holders’ rights and possible transfer or licensing of those rights. This lightning talk will address a model at SMU Libraries for providing basic copyright education for students and researchers preparing works for publication.

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Thursday, June 1st
10:30 AM

What Can We Do for You? The Past and Future of Institutional Repositories

Sarah Shreeves, University of Miami

Dallas, TX

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM