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Scholarly Publishing Certification Course at bepress, October 9-11

Bepress is pleased to announce our first Scholarly Publishing Certification Course: A Training Program for Library-Led Publishing Initiatives, held at our offices in Berkeley, California, October 9-11, 2013.

Library-led publishing programs create new opportunities to support faculty research, improve student outcomes, and raise an institution’s research profile. Academic librarians are reporting high demand and appreciation for these new services. According to the 2011 IMLS-funded report, “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success,” 55 percent of academic libraries already offer or want to offer library publishing services to their campuses.

In response to this burgeoning demand, bepress’s Scholarly Publishing Certification Course will cover the key considerations for establishing a successful library-based publishing program:

  • Journal essentials: Working with editors, streamlining workflows, and building readership
  • Faculty monographs: From new open-access textbooks to revivals of out-of-print classics
  • Conference proceedings: Best practices for showcasing posters, presentations, and transcripts
  • Copyright and policy considerations
  • Identifying and engaging partners and participants on campus

In interactive seminars, workshops, and technical training sessions, participants will explore tools for managing submissions and peer review, define their goals and action plans for their publishing initiatives, and develop a network of professional relationships with other library-publishers.

Space is limited, and preference will be given to Digital Commons subscribers. If you or your staff would like to participate, or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact us at

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.