ALCTS announces webinar series on institutional repositories

Contact: Julie Reese

Events Manager, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

March 9, 2009

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is offering three webinars on institutional repositories beginning in April. Based on the successful 2009 ALCTS Midwinter Symposium in Denver, the sessions introduce participants to the IR “movement” and provide tools for decision-making about the IR implementation and maintenance.  Future topics slated for fall 2009 include open access, intellectual property, copyright, consortial implementation and using the IR as a publishing platform.Â

Wednesday, April 8, 2 p.m. EDT

Institutional Repositories: the Promises of Yesterday and of Tomorrow

Presented by Greg Tananbaum, ScholarNext. ScholarNext is a consulting firm focusing on

issues at the intersection of technology, content and academia. Tananbaum has served as president of The Berkeley Electronic Press and director of product marketing for EndNote.

Based on his keynote addresses at the symposium, Tananbaum gives a brief history of institutional repositories, discusses the key benefits as well as the possible obstacles to a successful IR implementation and considers the future of the institutional repository within the larger context of the rapidly changing scholarly communication landscape. As the lead in the series, he provides the framework for the series of webinars to follow.Â

Wednesday, May 6, 2 p.m.EDT

Beyond the Institutional Repository: Campus Research Distribution Strategies

Presented by Marilyn Moody, dean of the university library at Boise State University.

Moody’s interests include scholarly communication issues and the development of research distribution policies and strategies. She is the co-author with Jean L. Sears of three editions of the reference work “Using Government Information Sources.”

Universities and libraries becoming more involved in developing a university's research distribution policy and developing strategies for the distribution of research and scholarship has  sparked interest among provosts and university administrators. IRs are an important infrastructure for developing research distribution strategies, but other issues such as scholarly communication, copyright, campus publishing policies and strategies and open access need to be part of the discussion. This webinar develops a framework for thinking about research distribution policies and strategies using Boise State University as a case study. It offers strategies for selling the institutional repository concept to administrators and others on campus.

Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m. EDT

Generating Campus Buy-In for Your IR

Presented by Marisa Ramirez, digital repository librarian, and Michael D. Miller, dean of library services at California Polytechnic State University. Ramirez is responsible for developing and implementing the DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a digital repository that provides online open access to scholarship and research produced by Cal Poly faculty and students.

How do you translate the value of an institutional repository to campus leaders, faculty and other key campus groups? Ramirez and Miller discuss strategies for marketing your IR to campus, Â demonstrating the return on investment. Offering perspectives from repository management and library administration, you will learn how Cal Poly has expanded the role of its IR as a vital component of the campus scholarly and research community.

The registration fee per session is $39 for ALCTS members and $49 for non-members.

For information on how to register, visit the ALCTS Web site ( under “Conferences and Events.”

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.