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Meet the Experts Panel and Q&A

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 6:00pm

The panel will address questions submitted by registrants and take questions from the audience.

Coffee Break

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 5:45pm

Digital Commons: an ETD Evolution

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 5:25pm

DigitalCommons@UMaine has seen it all with our Electronic Theses and Dissertations community: migrating content from a legacy site, batch loading, filtering content into other communities, building integrated workflows for multiple departments and finally realizing the goal of student/author direct postings. Our ETD is one of the most popular series in our institutional repository with great support along the way from the bepress team.

ResearchGate vs. the Institutional Repository: Competition or Complement?

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 5:15pm

The popularity of ResearchGate and indicates that scholars want to share their work, yet to librarians tasked with implementing an Open Access policy, it can appear as though faculty are willing to invest more time uploading articles to academic social networks—often in violation of publisher policies—than in submitting articles for deposit in the institutional repository. In this lightning talk, we will present the results of a population study and survey that revealed the practices, attitudes, and motivations of faculty at the University of Rhode Island around depositing their work in ResearchGate and complying with our permissions-based Open Access Policy. While the majority of URI faculty do not use either service, we were surprised to find that faculty who share articles through ResearchGate are more likely to comply with the Open Access Policy, not less, suggesting that librarians should not view academic social networks as a threat. We discovered that a significant barrier to compliance with the OA Policy is the fact that it targets the author’s accepted manuscript version of articles and that misunderstandings about copyright leave authors confused about options for legally sharing their work.

Expanding the IR with Emeritus Publications

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 5:05pm

A brief overview of the ways in which we’re trying to work with emeritus faculty to gather all of their scholarship into ScholarWorks@UMassAmherst while at the same time creating faculty researcher profile pages using SelectedWorks.

Storage Made Simple: Preserving Digital Objects with bepress Archive and Amazon S3

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:55pm

One of the “purposeful pathways” in the UMass Medical School Lamar Soutter Library’s 2016-2020 strategic plan is to “responsibly preserve institutional investments in purchased and unique content” [1]. Upon completion of the strategic plan, the library began to investigate digital preservation services for its institutional repository on the Digital Commons platform, eScholarship@UMMS. Although content on bepress platforms is protected by a robust infrastructure that includes multiple backups and cloud storage with Amazon Glacier, the library was interested in an additional level of preservation and control, at a minimal cost. After researching various options over many months, in 2016 the library implemented the new bepress Archive service [2], which works with Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) [3] to provide a real-time archive of repository content and metadata. This presentation will describe the implementation process and the library’s experience to date with bepress Archive and Amazon S3.


Keeping Track of Embargo Records: The Utilization of Google Apps

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:45pm

This embargo reminder helps keep track of the embargo period of the scholarly work deposited in Creative Matter, the institutional repository of Skidmore College. A number of Google Apps is featured in this reminder, including Google Forms, formMule (a Google Forms add-on), Google Sheets and Google Calendar. Its advantages include:

1. Free of charge

2. Easy implementation

3. Full integration with Google Calendar

4. Live Statistics

Recent and Upcoming Developments from bepress

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:00pm

This presentation will discuss recent and upcoming developments from bepress, including:

  • Improvements to the Expert Gallery Suite, like contact buttons, badges, and easy embed options
  • New tools to support reporting on campus
  • Results of our harvesting pilot
  • Support for ORCID research identifiers
  • New option to host streaming content through bepress

"Birds of a Feather" Networking Lunch

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 3:00pm

Putting the Journal of eScience Librarianship on the Map

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 2:35pm

This case study explores the evolution of the library published Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB), as it evolves to continue to serve librarians faced with the many challenges of a data driven environment. JeSLIB is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The library publishes JeSLIB through its eScholarship@UMMS repository on the bepress Digital Commons platform.

JeSLIB was at the forefront of thinking about the “library as scholarly publisher” and sought to fill a need for librarians to learn about new challenges related to scientific research data. The journal provides mechanisms for authors to confidently share their work under an appropriately selected Creative Commons license. JeSLIB is also committed to spreading the scholarly work of the profession, and uses Altmetrics to track where readers are sharing articles to. Additionally, the adoption of social media platforms, including YouTube and Twitter, has allowed the journal to interact with readers and authors in new ways.

The journal’s team of librarian editors has acquired new skills and expertise in all facets of scholarly publishing to the benefit of the library. Running a publishing program can serve as a critical tool to help librarians cultivate new partnerships and roles.

Since starting the journal five years ago, the editorial team has reworked its scope to include newer developments within data science. In thinking about reframing the journal to remain relevant and current, the editors recently conducted an extensive review and revision of the journal’s policies as well as updating the journal’s website.

Through this presentation, the editors will share their experiences supporting open access of research, rethinking scholarly publishing, and advancing scientific communication.

Migrating to the Open: Moving Scholarly Journals to the IR

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 2:10pm

In the past year the University of New Hampshire School of Law Library moved three journals off of the shelves and into our repository. All three are very different in scope and format which necessitated a customized approach for each.

It’s important to consider the unique attributes of each journal when setting it up in Digital Commons. For example we had publications that changed names over time, we had combined issues on some years but not on others, and we had used some inconsistent editorial practices all over the place. These all needed to be addressed before we could ingest the archive of back issues into the IR.

We also had to make decisions about new editorial roles and responsibilities for upcoming issues and make sure that those decisions gelled with the process that we were using for uploading back issues. While we are still refining our metadata and are in the process of creating tutorials for our editors to use, we have seen the success of our journals in action; one was quoted in the New York Times and another one was on

Moving publications from print or static web pages into Digital Commons is an exciting way to boost the visibility and viability of a journal.

Morning Break

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 2:00pm

You’ll L-O-V-E Our IR: Building Faculty and Administration Buy-In as You Build Your Repository

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 1:35pm

You know how great your IR is going to be, but how do you convey that to the faculty and administration at your institution? That was one of the challenges the Cardozo Law Library faced as we started working on LARC, our Digital Commons repository, and building out Selected Works. The challenge of appealing to two distinct groups (with plenty of sub-groups) was just the beginning. From the initial discussions of what an IR is and why open access is important to determining how the platform could be best utilized to encompass all scholarship to laying out workflows and providing realistic expectations, we championed LARC. Find out how we crafted LARC’s mission, reached out to faculty, and aligned ourselves with institutional objectives to get everyone (mostly) on the LARC-bandwagon.

Who Us?: A Government Documents Librarian and a Projects Specialist Collaborate on Establishing an Institutional Repository

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 1:10pm

Our talk focuses on how a government documents librarian, with professional experience in social sciences and information literacy and a projects specialist with experience in fundraising and research were thrust into leadership roles for establishing an Institutional Repository at Montclair State University with no prior experience. Our seemingly unrelated backgrounds served us well to bring an essential and much needed service to our university. As “Agents of Change,” we will discuss the process involved for promoting the value of the Repository to administration, faculty and library staff through our own antidotes for success based on our extensive research and collaboration.

Introducing a new service such as an Institutional Repository requires the development of a range of new skills and expertise. It forced us to examine our traditional roles within the library and the greater academic community and to address the shifting nature of libraries in an emerging and changing information landscape. Librarians must be open to embracing our changing roles and in developing new competencies in scholarly communication and open access and requires the enhancing and cultivating of skills that many librarians already possess. But for a non-librarian, such as a Projects Specialist, embracing a new role was somewhat more challenging. Because not only did the Projects Specialist need to acquire certain knowledge and skills related to professional librarianship she also needed to translate those skills into a new professional ethos. The collaboration and merging of our experiences and skills as well as the obtaining of new competencies and knowledge, helped us drive home the importance of how an institutional repository would have a significant impact on our campus as well as the greater community and how it would also support the institutional mission of our university.


Fri, 07/28/2017 - 1:00pm

Registration and Networking

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:30pm

The Role of Skeletal Survey in Identifying Non-Accidental Trauma in Pediatric Trauma Patients

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:39pm

Background: Non-accidental Trauma (NAT) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Children less than 2 years old are at greater risk of NAT than older children. A skeletal survey is a series of X-rays of all the bones in the body, or at least the axial skeleton and the large cortical bones used to identify NAT in children. In this observational study, we examined the association between a child’s age, frequency of positive skeletal surveys, and the types of injuries discovered in pediatric patients undergoing a trauma work-up.

Methods: The study sample consisted of all pediatric trauma patients ≤3 years old who had skeletal surveys performed at a single tertiary care center in Central Massachusetts between 2005 and 2015. Patients were divided into two age groups: ≤6months old (n=98) and >6months old (n=86). The utilization of a skeletal survey, frequency of confirmed NAT, and injuries were compared between these 2 age groups.

Results: The average age of the sample was 8.4 months, 56.0% were boys, and 62.5% were Caucasian. A positive skeletal survey was found in 14.3% of patients ≤6months old and 18.6% of patients >6months old (p=0.43). The most common fractures identified were long bone (50.0%), torso (30.4%), and skull (13.0%). Similar frequencies of NAT were observed between those less than and older than 6 months (58.2% vs. 57.0%). Head computed tomography (CT) scans were performed in the majority (95.9%) of patients ≤6 months old while in only 66.3% of patients > 6 months old (p < 0.01).

Conclusions: Skeletal surveys identify injuries at comparable rates in pediatric trauma patients regardless of age. Advanced imaging differs in younger and older pediatric trauma patients undergoing skeletal survey.

Experiences of Racism and Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Among First-Time Mothers of the Black Women’s Health Study: A Dissertation

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 1:49pm

BACKGROUND: Breastfeeding and lactation are cited as sensitive periods in the life course that contribute to the accumulation of risks or opportunities ultimately shaping vulnerability or resilience later in life. As such, breastfeeding and lactation are critical components of health equity. Despite this, Black women in the U.S. initiate and continue to breastfeed at lower rates than White women and other groups. Underlying reasons for racial inequities in breastfeeding rates are poorly understood. Exposure to racism, one manifestation of historical oppression in the U.S. has been cited as a determinant of poor health outcomes for decades but has not been extensively described in the context of breastfeeding.

AIMS: To investigate the association between experiences of racism and 1.) breastfeeding initiation 2.) breastfeeding duration 3.) and the association between selected life-course factors and breastfeeding initiation and duration among participants of the Black Women’s Health Study.

METHODS: This study was a prospective secondary analysis of the Black Women’s Health Study. The sample included all participants who enrolled in 1995, responded to the racism assessment in 1997 and reported the birth of a first child following the racism assessment resulting in an N=2, 995 for the initiation outcome and N= 2,392 for the duration outcome. In addition to the racism assessment, we also included life-course factors (nativity, neighborhood segregation and social mobility). For each aim, we calculated odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals using binomial and multinomial logistic regression using two models. The first adjusted for age, the second adjusted for age, BMI, education, marital status, geographic region, neighborhood SES and occupation.

RESULTS: Associations between daily and institutional summary racism variables and breastfeeding initiation and duration were small and not statistically significant. Experiences of racism in the job setting was associated with lower odds of breastfeeding duration at 3-5 months compared with 3 months 95% CI [0.60, 0.98]. Experiences of racism with the police was associated with higher odds of breastfeeding initiation and duration at 3-5 months [1.01, 1.77] and at 6 months [1.10, 1.82] compared with women who did not report this experience. The participant’s nativity and the nativity of her parents were life-course factors that predicted lower odds of breastfeeding initiation and duration. Neighborhood segregation did not reach statistical significance after adjusting for covariates but results trended toward lower odds of breastfeeding initiation and duration for women who reported living in a predominately Black neighborhood (compared with White) up to age 18 and for women who reported living in a predominately Black neighborhood in 1999.

CONCLUSION: Experiences of institutional racism in the job setting was associated with lower odds of breastfeeding duration. In addition to explicit experiences of racism, this study provides preliminary evidence surrounding life-course factors and breastfeeding. Individual level interventions may mitigate harmful effects of racism but structural level interventions are critical to close the gap of racial inequity in breastfeeding rates in the U.S.

Factors That Matter to Low-Income and Racial/Ethnic Minority Mothers When Choosing a Pediatric Practice: a Mixed Methods Analysis

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:25am

BACKGROUND: Pediatric practices' scores on healthcare quality measures are increasingly available to the public. However, patients from low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations rarely use these data. We sought to understand potential barriers to using quality data by assessing what factors mattered to women when choosing a pediatric practice.

METHODS: As part of a randomized trial to overcome barriers to using quality data, we recruited women from a prenatal clinic serving an underserved population. Women reported how much 12 factors mattered when they chose a pediatric practice (5-point Likert scale), what other factors mattered to them, and which factors mattered the most. We assessed whether factor importance varied with selected participant characteristics and qualitatively analyzed the "other" factors named.

RESULTS: Participants' (n = 367) median age was 23 years, and they were largely Hispanic (60.4%), white (21.2%), or black (16.9%). Insurance acceptance "mattered a lot" to the highest percentage of women (93.2%), while online information about what other parents think of a practice "mattered a lot" to the fewest (7.4%). Major themes from our qualitative analysis of "other" factors that mattered included physicians' interpersonal skills and pediatrician-specific traits. Factors related to access "mattered the most" to the majority of women.

CONCLUSIONS: Pediatrician characteristics and factors related to access to care may be more important to low-income and racial/ethnic minority women than more commonly reported quality metrics. Aligning both the content and delivery of publicly reported quality data with women's interests may increase use of pediatric quality data.