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Bepress Announces First Graduating Class of Institutional Repository Manager Certification Course

This spring, bepress offered its first ever IR Manager Certification Course, and we’re proud to announce our first graduating class. Hailing from educational organizations from around the world, all twenty participants rated the course “extremely helpful” and indicated that they would recommend it to others.

Jean-Gabriel Bankier, CEO of bepress, was delighted with the response to the company’s first on-site training for repository managers, noting that enrollment exceeded expectations. “We had to have a waiting list. It clearly demonstrates the demand for this kind of training, and no one else is offering anything like it.”

Topics ranged from current trends in scholarly communications to best practices for digital collection development, copyright compliance, faculty engagement, and outreach. In addition, the course included workshops and training sessions where IR administrators worked directly with their Digital Commons Consulting Services representatives. Course participants gained hands-on experience with important tools for managing a repository and implemented immediate improvements to their individual IRs.

Participants praised both the comprehensive scope and the individualized attention the course offered. As Kristine Mudrick, Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian at Saint Joseph’s University commented, “It was really valuable to have one-on-one, real-time dialogue with my consultant.” Jeremy Watson, Digital Services Librarian at Fordham University, remarked, “I am totally inspired and ready to charge ahead with my repository more efficiently and dynamically.”

Based on positive feedback from our first graduating class, bepress will repeat the IR Manager Certification Course in the spring of 2014. For more information, please contact Ann Taylor (, Director of Outreach and Scholarly Communications, or Eli Windchy (, VP, Consulting Services.

To read more about bepress University and upcoming courses, see .

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.