Friday, September 4, 2009

Webinars - ALTCS institutional repositories

Continuing a webinar series begun in the spring, ALCTS is pleased to announce the details for four new webinars about various aspects of institutional repositories.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 2pm Eastern time

Presenter: Heather Morrison

Title: Open Access: Key Trends

While content recruitment at the local IR may seem slow and painful, from a global / historical perspective, the growth of open access in all its flavors is nothing short of phenomenal. The benefits of the IR for authors and for institutions will become more and more apparent in the near future. The chicken will emerge from the egg, and the IR will be seen as a great career choice. This session will provide an overview of the latest key trends in open access: why we need green as well as gold, both institutional and disciplinary repositories, and open access policies to fill the repositories. Institutional open access policies will be highlighted, introducing different types of policies, what makes for good policy, and approaches to open access policy development at the university.

Biographical information:

Heather Morrison ( is a well-known open access advocate who has written and presented extensively on topics relating to open access and scholarly communication. Heather is Project Coordinator for BC Electronic Library Network, a consortium of post-secondary libraries in British Columbia; Adjunct Faculty at the University of British Columbia's School of Library; Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS); PhD Student at Simon Fraser University's School of Communication; author of Scholarly Communication for Librarians

(Chandos, 2009); and editor of the scholarly blog The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics


Wednesday October 28, 2009, 2:00pm Eastern time

Presenter: Dwayne K. Buttler

Title: Yours, Mine, Ours? Copyright Ownership and IRs

Assessing who owns intellectual property (IP) has become a global obsession and often a necessity in the university and library communities, particularly for copyrighted works. The intense focus on ownership has not altered a longstanding concern about managing copyright: misunderstandings can obscure principles of using copyrighted works and sometimes produce wayward “IP” policies “allocating” ownership of copyright in problematic ways. This conversation will address principles of copyright ownership under copyright law and identify possibilities for managing copyright for IRs.

Biographical information:

Dwayne K. Buttler ( serves as the first Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication at the University of Louisville and holds a faculty appointment as a Professor in University Libraries. Much of his work focuses on the complex interrelationship of copyright law, and activities at the core of the teaching, learning, and scholarly communication.

Professor Buttler earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and holds a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He teaches mass communication law at the University of Louisville and leads numerous invited presentations on copyright and scholarly communication for audiences of administrators, faculty, librarians, and scholars in the library and education communities.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 2:00pm Eastern time

Presenter: MacKenzie Smith

Title: Bringing Research Data into the Library: Expanding the Horizons of Institutional Repositories.

The focus of Library-managed Institutional Repositories has so far been on document-like items (published articles, preprints, theses, reports, working papers, etc.) but there is growing demand to expand their use into new genres such as scientific research datasets (sensor readings, genomics data, neuroimages, etc.). The presentation will explain how IRs are including this type of collection, what librarians need to know in order to manage such collections, and a few case studies from the MIT Libraries.

Biographical Information

MacKenzie Smith ( is the Associate Director for Technology at the MIT Libraries, where she oversees the Libraries' technology strategy and its digital library research and development program. Her research agenda focuses on Semantic Web applications for scholarly communication, distributed digital library architectures, and research data curation, including long-term data preservation. She was the Project Director at MIT for the DSpace open source software digital archiving platform and has considerable expertise developing and sustaining large open source software communities. Prior to joining MIT, MacKenzie was the Digital Library Program Manager for the Harvard University Library, and held several IT positions at the Harvard and the University of Chicago Library . Her academic background is in Library and Information Science, and her research interests are in applied technology for libraries and academia, and digital libraries and archives in particular.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 2:00pm Eastern time

Presenter: Marilyn Billings

Title: The Potential of Partnerships: Dissolving Silos for a Successful IR Implementation

This webinar will use the University of Massachusetts’ institutional repository as a case study to explore how the new digital repository service has affected the way librarians envision our place in the future of the academy, how the academy is changing its view of the library’s role, new tools and skills that we are developing to fulfill this service, and new partnerships that we have created and fostered to exploit this new vision. We hope to foster discussion and provide insights and opportunities for further exploration of how the role of libraries as publishers enables us to be key partners in the creation, dissemination, and archiving of academic scholarship.

Biographical Information

Marilyn Billings ( is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She provides campus-wide leadership and education in alternative scholarly communication
strategies and is frequently an invited speaker at faculty department colloquia. She gives presentations on author rights, alternative digital publishing models and the role of digital repositories in today's research and scholarship endeavors at the
regional, national, and international levels. As co-PI on an NSF funded grant to create an Ethics Clearinghouse in response to the America COMPETES Act, Marilyn works closely with faculty, researchers, and administrative staff and organizes
programs on many new and emerging topics. Another key aspect of her responsibilities
includes the oversight of the institutional repository ScholarWorks @ UMass Amherst.

Recent presentations include "The Academic Library as Publishing Agent: showcasing
student, faculty, and campus scholarship and publications” with Terri Fishel at the
Association of Research Libraries in Seattle, WA in January 2009; “Exploring Ways That Institutional Repositories Facilitate New Roles and Partnerships for
Libraries and the Academy” at the Czech and Slovak Library Information Network (CASLIN) conference in June 2009, and providing workshops at numerous institutions.

Her presentation “Changing Scholarly Communications and the Role of an Institutional Repository in the Digital Landscape” appears in the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit.

For registration information see the ALCTS website: