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Preserving Digital Scholarly Output

Monday, November 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
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Learn about new efforts at the University of Cincinnati’s Libraries to meet campus needs for long-term preservation and access to all types of digital scholarly output.

Specifically, we will introduce two systems created through open source software development processes: Scholar@UC - – a self-submission institutional repository (IR), and the Open Journal Systems journal publishing platform. Scholar@UC is built on the Project Hydra framework, an cross-institution open source programming initiative, and has brought forth a dramatic transformation within our libraries and the campus.

A panel of UC Libraries speakers will reflect on our engagement and development efforts. First, we will discuss outreach efforts to bring together a small set of “early adopter” faculty, and the process of assembling their feedback in personalized, interview-based settings. Then, we will describe the processes to transform this feedback into functional use cases that prioritize needs and desires. Finally, we will discuss building a small yet high-functioning software development team embracing agile development processes, and our collaborations with UC’s central IT department as well as other local/national development efforts. We will close with demonstrations of both systems and optional tours of spaces such as the software developer’s suite.

This session will be of interest to people in many fields, including library and information science, knowledge management, IT, and scholarly publishing.


  • Linda Newman – Head, Digital Collections and Repositories
  • Ted Baldwin – Director, Science and Engineering Libraries
  • Eira Tansey – Digital Archivist/Records Manager
  • Glen Horton – Software Applications Developer

Location: Langsam Library, Classroom 462 - 2911 Woodside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45221. Interactive map:

Date: Wednesday, December 2


  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. Refreshments served
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. Program and discussion
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. Tours given

Cost: $5 for SLA & SWON members, $10 non-members, free to retired librarians and MLIS students. Pay with cash or check (payable to SLA Cincinnati Chapter) on day of event.

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Parking: Parking is covered by SWON Libraries (parking vouchers will be distributed at event). Participants should park in the Woodside Garage, located under Langsam Library

Directions: The main level to Langsam Library is the 400 level (press 4 on the garage elevator). Enter glass doors to Langsam Library, and walk to the rear of the 4th floor. Signs will be posted.

Questions? Contact Ted Baldwin, or 513-556-4211.

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