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Webinar: The right repository for your research organization

Library and research information experts will explore various systems, including an institutional repository, a research data repository, and a current research information system

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Library Connect repositories webinar

Academic institutions and other research organizations are creating repositories of their research to showcase and provide access to their work and facilitate reporting on their output to funding agencies and other stakeholders. The repository might be restricted to a single asset type such as scholarly publications, or extend to a full range of outputs including research data, student theses and dissertations, software and other digital assets.

To participate in the webinar

The webinar is on Thursday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST (16-17:15 GMT | 17-18:15 CET). Register here.


Live tweeting

Follow @Library_Connect and @ElsevierConnect on Twitter and use the hashtag #LCwebinarduring the event for live conversations.

Follow the presenters on Twitter: James Toon (@jamestoon), Michael Witt (@mwittin) and Alicia Wise (@wisealic).

Submitting questions for the panel

Questions for the panel can be submitted through the webinar interface, or through Twitter using the hashtag #LCwebinar.

Librarians studying University of Illinois National Science Foundation grant proposals found "a statistically higher frequency of use of the campus institutional repository and disciplinary repositories in proposals submitted after October 2012," according to a 2014 article in the Journal of eScience Librarianship. In response to rising usage, librarians are working with researchers and their institution's research office to develop and curate repositories that best meet the needs of their scholars and organizations.

In a webinar titled Institutional and research repositories: Characteristics, relationships and roles, presenters representing the library, research information systems and a publisher will discuss the approaches their institutions have taken, their mandates, software and systems and staffing. Topics include:

  • Collaboration among the library, research office and information systems
  • The various flavors of repositories and the underlying systems
  • Sharing the vision and hurdles in acquiring research outputs
  • Hosting research outputs in a Current Research Information System
  • Working with vendors to automate deposits and discovery

The webinar is part of Elsevier's Library Connect program for academic, medical, corporate and government librarians.

The presenters

  • Judith Coffey Russell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida. Judith Coffey Russell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida. Judith Coffey Russell oversees the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. This system includes the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC), which hosts more than 300 digital collections, covering over 78,000 subjects in rare books, theses and dissertations, datasets, and more for permanent access and preservation.
  • James Toon, Research Information System Manager, University of Edinburgh. James Toon leads a team providing services to scholars and university administration associated with Pure, the university's Current Research Information System (CRIS). Scholars can add their research-related activity (e.g., publications, dataset records, conference attendance, press coverage) to Pure and edit an online profile.
  • Michael Witt, Head of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) and Associate Professor of Library Science, Purdue University. As project director for the Purdue University Research Repository, Michael Witt leads a collaboration of the library, research office, and campus information technology in the design and implementation of an institutional data repository and supporting data services. He serves on Research Data Alliance, Information Technology and Libraries and Databib boards, and the DMPTool Steering Committee.
  • Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access, Elsevier. Dr. Alicia Wise is responsible for delivering Elsevier's vision for universal access to high-quality scientific publications. She leads strategy and policy in areas such as open access, philanthropic access programs, content accessibility, and access technologies. Based in Oxford, she has a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Elsevier Connect Contributor

Colleen DeLoryColleen DeLory is Editor of the Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and The Academic Executive Brief (@acadexecbrief). Before joining Elsevier in 2010, she worked in communications positions at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, where she started a faculty/staff news website. Her goal with Library Connect is to provide a forum in which librarians from around the world can share their thinking on broad and systemic issues, as well as practical, hands-on advice based on their own challenges and successes.

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