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Congratulations to the First Graduating Class of our Scholarly Publishing Certification Course

Last month eighteen IR admins from institutions across the country came to our offices in Berkeley, California for our first ever Scholarly Publishing Certification Course: A Training Program for Library-Led Publishing Initiatives. The course was a wonderful success, featuring a variety of presentations, workshops, technical training sessions, and opportunities for admins to meet one-on-one with their consultants.

“It was really great to see the faces behind bepress,” said Daniel Weddington, Digital Archivist at the College of William and Mary. “Establishing a first person relationship with my team helps make our partnership feel like a true collaboration.”

Topics for the course ranged from copyright and policy considerations to pitching a publishing business plan to provosts. Participants explored tools for managing submissions and peer review, defined their goals and action plans for their publishing initiatives, and developed a network of professional relationships with other library-publishers. With admins from all different levels of experience attending, the questions and personal stories shared during the course were insightful and informative for everyone involved.

“It was very helpful to see and hear what others are doing and why!” said Greg Martin, Digital Commons Director at Cedarville University.

The course ran from October 9th through the 11th, and wrapped up with a celebratory dinner and graduation ceremony in downtown Berkeley. We’re excited to announce our class of graduates:

Nora Allred, Michigan Technological University
Jacki Betsworth, Macalester College
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Illinois Wesleyan University
Nicolle DiPasquale, The George Washington University Law School
Andrew Elder, University of Massachusetts Boston
Tim Gritten, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Barbara Loomis, Cleveland State University
Greg Martin, Cedarville University
Lucretia McCulley, University of Richmond
Stephanie Miller, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Kim Myers, The College at Brockport
Caroline Osborne, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Liz Richardson, Kent State University
Debra Skinner, Georgia Southern University
Kelly Visnak, University of Wyoming
Wendy Walker, University of Montana
Daniel Weddington, College of William & Mary
Andy Wesolek, Clemson University

Congratulations, Graduates!

To read more about bepress University and upcoming courses, see http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/bepressu/ .

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.