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Three More Universities choose Digital Commons for their Institutional Repository Platforms

Berkeley, CA – November 30, 2007 – Berkeley Electronic Press ("bepress") is pleased to announce that the libraries of Cal Poly State University (CA), Babson College (MA), and Fordham University (NY) have all signed contracts with bepress for their Digital Commons platforms. In addition, Cal Poly is implementing bepress’s SelectedWorks, a platform for building individual faculty pages. SelectedWorks and Digital Commons are integrated, enabling migration of authors’ works from the faculty page to the repository.

Michael Miller, Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly explained why they chose bepress’s Digital Commons: “Cal Poly was attracted to bepress because it offers the scalability and reliability that we look for in a digital solution. As a turn-key system, bepress allows us to focus on areas where our time is better spent: working directly with faculty and students to collect high-quality content, promoting open access to research, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration. We are confident that Digital Commons and SelectedWorks will enable us to swiftly mount a standards-based service for Cal Poly that will be maintained for a long time to come.”

Hope Tillman, Director of Libraries at Babson College, stated “after we determined that Babson College needed an Institutional Repository, we decided on Digital Commons because it could provide the structure we needed without requiring extensive IT support. Bepress has the reputation that we wanted to handle and preserve our intellectual property."

James McCabe, University Librarian at Fordham, said "we chose Digital Commons because it was the most fully developed product available."

"We are extremely pleased to be working with three more prestigious institutions," said Aaron Edlin, bepress Chairman. "The decision taken by these institutions confirms that Digital Commons is the best option for libraries to showcase faculty and student scholarship as well as the activities of the institution itself."

About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.