SPARC and bepress announce ACRL “pre-game” event in March: Winning Strategies from the Institutional Repository All Stars

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For immediate release
January 27, 2011

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Jessica Jerozal
Berkeley Electronic Press
(510) 665-1200 ext. 134
jjerozal [at] bepress [dot] com

SPARC and bepress announce ACRL “pre-game” event in March: Winning Strategies from the Institutional Repository All Stars
Registration is now open

Washington, DC and Berkeley, CA – Before the ACRL 2011 meeting in Philadelphia, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and Berkeley Electronic Press will host an “IR Tailgate,” a one-day session on the challenges and opportunities of implementing and sustaining an institutional repository, to be held March 30.  

With a light-hearted sports theme, the event will continue conversations begun at the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting last November and explore issues specific to ensuring the success of the campus repository. The program includes:

  • Setting Up Your Game Plan: Strategies for content acquisition and growth, including repository staffing, identifying partners, collecting early sources of content, and publishing programs for journals, conference proceedings, and books. 
  • Building Your Fan Base: Promoting your repository on and off campus through marketing strategies, engaging senior staff, and forming off-campus partnerships. 
  • The Half-Time Report: Taking stock and measuring success with information on reporting, evaluating needs, reviewing goals, and setting new milestones. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Paul Royster, Coordinator for Scholarly Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • Marisa Ramirez, Digital Repository Librarian and Library Liaison to Campus Administration, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo;
  • Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst; and 
  • Heather Leary, Institutional Repository and Digital Imaging Coordinator, Utah State University. 

Registration is free, but space is limited. Register by March 24. For details visit



SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at Follow @sparc_na on Twitter.

About Berkeley Electronic Press

Founded by professors in 1999, Berkeley Electronic Press publishes peer-reviewed electronic journals and develops and licenses software for the next generation of scholarly publishing. The bepress journals collection, ResearchNow, redefines what scholarly journals can do today, with fast and high quality peer review at sustainable prices. The bepress open-access institutional repository platform, Digital Commons, is the world's leading hosted IR, featuring an innovative suite of publishing and software services that empowers scholarly communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact.