Just some notes from the March 15, 2011 – Giving Undergraduate Research a Worldwide Voice: Institutional Repositories as Publishers conference. Yes, I do take notes on my netbook via google docs.

I will link to the slides if/when they are loaded on the web.

Undergraduate research

  • library as publisher
  • scanning primary materials
  • students write papers on primary materials; student papers are added to primary content (collection)
  • library connecting scholarship to works – completing circle
  • Community outreach

Interesting examples:
scholarship at claremont
cgu mfa exhibits (example of multimedia)
MIrA/LOOK Exhibit: New Visions for Architecture in Holyoke

Types of materials in repositories

  • Capstone projects in addition to theses & dissertations
  • works in repository can be part of CV
  • ejournals – combining undergraduate research papers to produce a journal
  • multimedia: combining research such as papers combined with GIS (Colby College)

Looking at traditional publishing model:

  • Being able to instantly publish once reviewed
  • Workshops/Events Publishing/Conference papers

Advantages of using a repository:

  • students can learn scholarly process
  • visibility approves (library, university, research, everything)
  • becomes part of CV
  • student publications used for teaching & research
  • shows success of students
  • recruitment
  • gives library stamp of quality (trust)
  • branding
  • enhances discoverability /provides context
  • maximizes resources & services
  • higher quality of design
  • seo
  • preservation/stewardship
  • faster publishing processing

google analytics can be used for repository

OCLC / ContentdM
sharing metadata
Content: db of architectural slides
providing global exposure

production of knowledge

  • derive new discoveries and relationship
  • discoverable, searchable, and malleable repositories – (sounds like mashups)
  • IRs need to be integrated into flow of scholarly communication
  • social production of knowledge
  • technologies accelerate data collection & analysis
  • tools & connectivity democratize process (hmm… for those who have technology and resources…)
  • attention paid to an event or report accumulates
  • social citation (reference from twitter or other social media)
  • social currency
  • twitter affect
  • new knowledge creation
  • record of knowledge


  • success at local level
  • increasing visibility of collections at network level (e.g., capitalize on googling)
  • scalability & sustainability
  • catalog once; share broadly

Worldcat digital gateway Over 1 billion records
can upload to worldcat.org and map to marc

OhioLink Dspace project (groundlevel view)

  • opportunity to create, not just support
  • points to ponder: total cost of operation, time to market, speed of new project initiative

Institutional repostories (clifford lynch article)

DrC project

  • Don’t have the luxury of building a complete product – increase product development cycle
  • keep process simple and flexible as possible ; broad spectrum of use case scenarios & administrator ability (knowledge skills)
  • Hob and spoke
  • remote submission
  • web based
  • solve bland problem before BRAND problem
  • libraries want Dspace to look like the rest of their website
  • Hosting 39 academic institutions; 32 separate instances
  • metadata application profile updated
  • Registry of open access repositories

Cloud computing> extracting service from hardware
(D space) interested in a national consortium

Illinois Wesleyan (bpress)

  • senior students review in bpress
  • privacy concerns; not everything may need to be open access

Undergraduate research from a faculty views

  • How does undergraduate research benefit faculty?
  • Undergraduate research journals can be used as part of tenure process (publication)
  • Enhance faculty’s own research if students are involved
  • Finding qualified faculty reviewers/mentors for discipline
  • Faculty time
  • perception of impact on teaching and faculty’s own research