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Announcing Series Eight in the DuraSpace Hot Topics Webinar Series

DuraSpace is pleased to announce its latest Hot Topics Webinar Series,

Hot Topics: The DuraSpace Community Webinar Series

Series 8: Doing It: How Non-ARL Institutions are Managing Digital Collections

Curated by Liz Bishoff, Partner, The Bishoff Group LLC

Beginning in December 2013, the DuraSpace not-for-profit organization began collaborating with The Bishoff Group in order to gain a better understanding of the status of digital content creation, management, and preservation activities underway in the non-ARL academic library community as well as to determine how DuraSpace’s open source projects and services could (better) meet the needs of this community. As part of the work, DuraSpace commissioned The Bishoff Group to conduct a Managing Digital Collections Survey of non-ARL academic libraries.

This web series, consisting of three, 1-hour webinars, will discuss the findings from that survey, the trend toward adopting hosted services, and how non-ARL organizations are actually implementing hosted services on their campuses to provide access at the same time as preserve their digital collections.

Doing It: Research Results on Non-ARL Academic Libraries Managing Digital Collections

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:00am-12:00pm ET

A 2014 survey conducted by The Bishoff group in collaboration with DuraSpace of 145 non-ARL academic libraries found that these libraries have made significant progress implementing institutional/digital repositories. This survey builds on the results of the 2007 MIRACLE Project. Webinar attendees will learn about:

●        most important benefits of IR/DR’s to non-ARL academic libraries;

●        trends in adoption of hosted services;

●        important features for the future; and

●        systems that the libraries are exploring.

Attendees will have the opportunity to join in the discussion of the survey results and share their views on benefits of IR/DR to their campus, rank future features, and indicate systems that they currently or may use in the future to support preservation and access to their collections.    

Doing It: Trends Toward Hosted Service Adoption and Implementation for Managing Digital Collections

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:00am-12:00pm ET

The Managing Digital Collections survey of non-ARL academic libraries found that the majority of these libraries had either implemented an institutional/digital repository or were planning on implementing one in the next several years. Further, the preferred technical strategy was to use a hosted service. This webinar will review the reasons why hosted services were selected and which hosted services are currently used. Presenters will also explore opportunities for hosted digital preservation strategies based on the needs identified in the survey.

Webinar participants will be able to contribute their viewpoints to add to the survey results and share their rationale for selecting hosted services, the local process of procurement and implementation, required features/functionality, making the case for funding, etc.        

Doing It:  Real Life Experiences with Hosted Institutional /Digital Repository Services

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:00am-12:00pm ET           

The Managing Digital Collections survey identified a number of important features of a hosted IR/DR service, along with barriers to adopting a hosted service, and realizing the desired goals of long-term preservation of digital content. During this webinar, users of hosted services will share with you how they are able to address the goal of access and long-term preservation through a hosted service. Specific topics of discussion will include benefits of selecting a hosted service, the pros and cons of the hosted service versus of the locally managed implementation, and the process for how they got started, including the all-important step of making the case and gaining management approval.

Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel of speakers regarding their experiences and observations as users of a hosted service.

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Submitted by kristi on Wed, 2014-09-17 09:43