Connecting the Dartmouth Academic Commons to a wider community

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Recently, I wrote a two-part piece for the Dartmouth Library Muse blog about the Dartmouth Academic Commons titled: How many people does it take to build an institutional repository:

Part One and Part Two

The posts outline the wide range of staff involved across a variety of departments. All of whom are working to implement the Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy and building a system that will extend the global reach and impact of Dartmouth scholarship.

As we work with multiple partners across campus, it’s also critical that we engage with off-campus communities both nationally and internationally. The copyright and open access landscape is ever-changing, and participating in communities engaged in these conversations allows us to remain current and be leaders within the field of scholarly communication. Barbara and Jen will both be attending and possibly presenting our work at international and national conferences this year that span topics of open access repositories, copyright, open publishing, open education, and open data.






Barbara will be at the the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) meeting on Openness in Research and Education in San Antonio, TX from March 7 -8th. This year’s meeting is centered around the ways “open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting”, and will explore collaborations that achieve needed change.

Jen has been actively involved in the Visual Resources Association (VRA), which will meet jointly this year with the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) in Seattle on March 8th-12th. The VRA is a multi-disciplinary association that has focused on furthering research and education in the field of image and media management. ARLIS/NA’s mission is “to foster excellence in art and design librarianship and image management.” But, issues around open access are emerging within this year’s joint conference theme “Natural Connections.” Sessions such as “Unlocking Images, Ideas, and Content: Open Access Images as a Key to Enabling Art and Scholarly Innovation” will address how we think about open access in relation to images and media.


ACRL_smLogo-1h9p2fcThe Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter will meet in Manchester, NH on Friday, May 13, 2016. This year’s theme is Holistic Librarianship: Broad Thinking for Diverse and Creative Solutions. The theme’s designed to “discuss how we can think holistically to implement engaging and impactful library services for all.”  Jen will presenting a poster titled The Open Dartmouth Exhibit: Redefining “Open”, Broadening Conversations. This poster will describe the work of multiple Dartmouth librarians (Jill Baron, Laura Barrett, Barbara DeFelice, and Jen Green) on the Open Dartmouth exhibit, which highlights Dartmouth scholars who value making their work openly available.



Open Repositories 2016‘s conference will take place from June 13th – 16th in Dublin, Ireland.  This is an international organization with a conference theme this year titled “Illuminating the World.” Open Repositories 2016 will provide an opportunity to:

“explore the ways in which repositories and related infrastructure and processes:
• bring different disciplines, collections, and people to light;
• expose research, scholarship, and collections from developing countries;
• increase openness of collections, software, data and workflows;
• highlight data patterns and user pathways through collections; and
• how we can organize to better support these – and other – infrastructures.”

Jen will be attending and hopefully presenting work on how we’ve involved many different librarians and professionals in the work of finding, organizing, and preserving Dartmouth’s scholarly output through systems associated with the Dartmouth Academic Commons. Copyright laws and best practices vary across international borders, so this will be a great opportunity to learn more from about how to manage distribution of scholarly content in a diverse, global environment.

Open access and open repository conversations are blooming across disciplines. We strive to capture as many perspectives as we can and remain engaged in important national and international conversations amongst colleagues with the shared goal of broadening access to scholarly work–regardless of institutional affiliation or socio-economic status.

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