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Berkeley Electronic Press names new Sales Director

Berkeley, CA, September 30, 2008 — Society and peer-reviewed publisher and software developer, The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), announced today the appointment of Maria Lopes as Director of Library Sales. She will report to Barbara Kaplan, bepress's Vice President of Business Development, and will be based on the East Coast.

Maria comes to bepress with ten years of international sales experience. Most recently at Wiley-Blackwell, Maria was responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing in Latin America, including consortia and agent agreements. Previously, as Academic Sector Business Manager at Emerald Publishing, Maria successfully managed sales across Latin America, the Caribbean, and Southern Europe.

Barbara Kaplan said, "Maria's extensive domestic and international relationships will give bepress a 'jump start' in these markets, which have already shown great interest in bepress journals and the library-friendly bepress model."

Maria's appointment reflects the growth and depth of bepress's sales effort internationally, and continues bepress's commitment to bring high-quality journals at sustainable prices to libraries around the world.

Maria is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French, and received her business degree at the University of Algarve in Portugal.

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.