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VCU Scholars Compass training sessions open to VCU community

May 20, 2014

Staff from Digital Commons will be visiting VCU for two days of training sessions to help the successful launch of the VCU Scholars Compass, a publishing and repository platform for the intellectual output of VCU's academic, research, and administrative communities. Its goal is to provide wide and stable access to the exemplary work of VCU’s faculty, researchers, students, and staff.

Scholars Compass uses Digital Commons, a hosted institutional repository and publishing software for universities, colleges, law schools, and research centers.

Contact LibCompass@vcu.edu for more information or questions.

Training schedule - May 28

Sessions on Wednesday, May 28, are open to the entire VCU community and will be held in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2201.

10 a.m. -10:45 a.m.: Introduction to Institutional Repositories, Open Access, and Digital Commons

Core presentation appropriate for a general audience, including faculty, and other stakeholders. A brief introduction to open access as a movement, the history and development of institutional repositories, and the basic values and functionality of Digital Commons.

11 a.m. - noon: Repository Collection Development: An Inclusive, Partnership-based Approach

Core presentation appropriate for a general audience, including faculty, and other stakeholders. Introduces the types of content and partnerships that Digital Commons can support.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Introduction to Copyright and Checking Copyright Permissions

General presentation appropriate for library staff, and other interested stakeholders with a more specialized section on rights checking. Covers copyright basics, terminology, copyright transfer agreements, and workflows for rights checking.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Journals in Digital Commons

Technical presentation appropriate for repository administrators and potentially for those interested in starting a journal. Presentation will cover peer review and editorial tools in Digital Commons and will explain the process of starting a new journal.

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.: Authors' Rights

General presentation appropriate for faculty, and other interested stakeholders. An introduction to copyright and author's rights, with a discussion about negotiating copyright transfer agreements and retaining rights. Can include brainstorming about how to reach out to faculty.

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