The Digital Commons North American Conference, our first online regional user’s conference, was held October 26-28, 2021. The inaugural virtual user’s conference consisted of speakers and workshops that ranged from offering strategies for success in meeting the needs of faculty, staff, and students to learning what we have planned for 2022.

Riding the Wave provided the opportunity to:

  • Get inspired and learn from scholarly communications experts, thought leaders, editors and peers that make up this talented community
  • Expand the network of community members by engaging with other Digital Commons users
  • Gain fresh ideas and new approaches to maximize and level up the impact and visibility of each institution’s research

Materials are made available here for attendees and for anyone who missed the conference this year.

Speaker Details
Speaker Details
Tuesday, 10/26: Mavericks Riding the DC Wave
Tuesday, 10/26: Mavericks Riding the DC Wave
Wednesday, 10/27: Hang Ten With DC Journals
Wednesday, 10/27: Hang Ten With DC Journals
Thursday, 10/28:  IR All-Stars
Thursday, 10/28: IR All-Stars

Agenda Day 1- Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Mavericks Riding the DC Wave

Adventurous early adopters share their experiences and future plans for taking advantage of DC’s hottest new features: harvesting and exhibits.

A Warm Welcome from Jean-Gabriel Bankier

  • Jean-Gabriel Bankier, Digital Commons

Session 1: Shooting the Curl: The Digital Commons Product Roadmap

  • Shandon Quinn, Digital Commons

In this session, Shandon Quinn will cover the latest Digital Commons product vision, direction, and developments. He will also share plans for how we will continue to engage and build the Digital Commons product with our community as we ride on the wave together!

Session 2: Fighting the Bots: An Update on Digital Commons Download Filtering

  • Jiaqi Liu, Digital Commons

Session 3: Surf & Turf: Reflections and Experiences with the Digital Commons Harvesting Tool

  • Jessica Ryan, Smith College
  • Christina Miskey, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Shandon Quinn, Digital Commons

In this session, we’ll hear from two members of the community who have adopted the Digital Commons Harvesting Tool into their workflows:

  • Jessica Ryan, Scholarly Communication Assistant, Smith College: “Reaping What You Sow Harvesting Tool: A Workflow”
  • Christina Miskey, Scholarly Communication Librarian for Research Infrastructure & Assistant Professor, UNLV : “From Alerts to Automation: Using the Scopus Harvesting Tool to Improve Faculty Bibliography Workflows"

Shandon Quinn will also provide detailed insights on the Harvesting Tool roadmap ahead and will lead all attendees through a follow-along workshop using the Harvesting Tool’s latest features.

Session 4: Totally Tubular: Carving Out Your Best Content with DCX

  • Michael Biondo, South Dakota State University
  • Rachel Evans, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Ann Connolly, Digital Commons

When waves of content are crashing on your IR shore, how do you make sure your visitors can surf the raddest? The recently released Digital Commons Exhibit solution helps you carve out your coolest, so your audience doesn’t have to look too hard for the best set. In this session, Rachel Evans, Metadata Services and Special Collections Librarian at University of Georgia School of Law, and Michael Biondo, Electronic Resources and Scholarly Communications Librarian at South Dakota State University, will share how they’ve used Digital Commons Exhibits to highlight different collections for a variety of stakeholders. From special collections to grant-funded projects, they’ll cover some of the most compelling use cases for DCX. Ann Connolly will also provide a scan of the DCX horizon to share what’s next and provide a surf-along workshop where attendees can build their own totally tubular set with DCX!

Agenda Day 2- Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Hang Ten with DC Journals

A deep dive into journal publishing on Digital Commons, featuring librarians and editors with novel approaches to launching, scaling, and sustaining globally successful journal programs

Session 1: The Rising Tide of Diamond OA

  • Promita Chatterji, Digital Commons

Promita Chatterji introduces day 2 and presents on the rising tide of Diamond OA publishing and factors driving its success.

Session 2: Journals as Global Communities and Transnational Collaborators: The Journal of International Women’s Studies (JIWS)

  • Diana J. Fox, PhD., Bridgewater State University & Journal of International Women’s Studies

This presentation shares the arc of the Journal of International Women’s Studies from its inception as an idea to its current iteration as a beloved transnational, multi- and interdisciplinary publication that has evolved from the ideas and collaborations spawned by the Digital Commons Platform. Created to address a local conundrum at the dawn of online, open access academic publishing in 1999, the JIWS is a “living” publication that responds to its readers and authors; statistics and social movement activism, ensuring its relevancy and value to those that it serves.

Session 3: Leveling Up: Taking the Next Steps Towards Building a High-Performing Journals Program

  • Maria Ranieri, University of Florence & Journal of Media Literacy Education
  • Julia Lovett, University of Rhode Island

This session, featuring a library publisher and an editor, examines how libraries and journals partner together to empower ambitious journals to take the next steps with their publishing goals. Assistant Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian Julia Lovett shares information about how University of Rhode Island has scaled its successful journal publishing program and how supporting journal publishing has benefitted the institution and the library. Maria Ranieri, editor of Journal Media Literacy Education, a journal based at the University of Rhode Island, discusses her journal’s growth, including the work they did to recently get accepted to Scopus.

Session 4:

Maximizing Learning and Research Outcomes with Student Journals: A Library’s Perspective

  • Shawn Martin, Dartmouth College
  • Stephen Krueger, Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College has long prided itself for its dedication to teaching, and the library, therefore, also considered student publishing a part of the scholarly communication program’s strategic objectives, adopting Digital Commons, in part, to publish student journals. Though the pandemic has slowed recruitment efforts, the Dartmouth Library is planning to continue building on existing student journals and integrating student publishing efforts into our larger academic publishing program.

Maximizing Learning and Research Outcomes with Student Journals: A Publisher’s Perspective

  • Katherine Purple, Purdue University Press

Two open access, student-run journals annually published by Purdue University Press provide an environment for undergraduates to disseminate their faculty-mentored research projects and to experience the scholarly publishing process firsthand. From submission to peer review, revision, acceptance, and production, student authors prepare for professional or continued educational endeavors with both research and publishing skills under their belts. Session 5 A Swell Forecast: What's New for DC Journals? Promita Chatterji, Digital Commons Promita Chatterji reviews new and upcoming developments for Digital Commons journals.

Session 5: A Swell Forecast: What's New For DC Journals?

  • Promita Chatterji, Digital Commons

Promita Chatterji reviews new and upcoming developments for Digital Commons journals.

Agenda Day 3- Thursday, October 28, 2021

IR All-Stars: 2021 IR All-Stars revealed!

Four IR superstars will talk about their journeys to building a successful IR program and will be offering tips and best practices along the way.

Introducing the 2021 IR All-Stars

  • Jean-Gabriel Bankier, Digital Commons

Session 1: “Just keep swimming:" The Power of Persistence and the Reward of Perseverance

  • Lisa Villa, College of the Holy Cross

Sometimes it feels as if there is an ocean between where you are starting from and where you want to be. Persistence, perseverance and support from those along the way will get you there eventually. This presentation traces the journey of one librarian tasked with establishing an IR and explores how she developed a robust instance that is now getting the buy-in she has been working towards all along.

Session 2: DigitalCommons IMSA's Institutional Portfolio: How Inclusion is Creating a Win-win for Stakeholders

  • Jean Bigger, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

DigitalCommons@IMSA includes rich collections from across the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy that are anchored to its legislative charge and mission. Hear how inclusion and a history of robust cross-collaboration has made it possible for them to curate content that provides evidence of return on investment to stakeholders while demonstrating the effectiveness of their programs. Also share in the excitement of their newest initiative, Student Portfolios.

Session 3: Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech: The Inside Scoop

  • Annelise Doll, Michigan Technological University

Get the inside scoop on the management and development of Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech from its beginnings to the present. From establishing an independently run ETD collection fully utilizing peer review tools, to smoothly operating faculty publications harvesting, and everything in between, learn how this repository has grown a variety of collection types and undergone a shift in oversight and staffing over time.

Session 4: STARS: Shining a Light on UCF

  • Lee Dotson, University of Central Florida

What do you do when you see the need for an institutional repository on your campus but lack funding, dedicated staff, and an Open Access mandate? This presentation will explore how the University of Central Florida took a grassroots approach to turn existing needs and growing digital projects into an active, robust repository built on community partnerships and campus connections. Learn how embracing collaborations and cultivating relationships can have you reaching for the stars and counting your downloads.

Closing Remarks

  • Jean-Gabriel Bankier, Digital Commons