A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Bepress Repository Manager Certification Course in Berkeley, CA. The training took place over three full days where we covered what feels like almost every topic under the sun in relation to repositories and was hands down some of the best training I have ever received!
Day one of the training went over some of the more basic functions of the Digital Commons software. Our repository is several years old, but this was still an excellent overview of various functions that we have been slacking on, such as including Search Engine Optimization terms and descriptions. Day two dived into some more in depth uses of the Digital Commons software, such as publishing, open educational resources, generating reports, and storing data sets. On day three, we wrapped up with some sneak peeks of the new Selected Works updates and offered us a chance to explore more topics in depth with lightning round tables.
The training was focused, hands-on, and helped us develop a set of goals which we could take back and implement into our own repositories. Every day we also had to opportunity to sit down with our consultants’ one on one and hash out any questions or issues we had. Additionally, it was also wonderful to be able to bounce ideas around with other IR managers. Since returning from Berkeley, I have been busy implementing many of the goals I established during training and look forward to seeing their outcomes.