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The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries are now accepting proposals for the 2019 Southern Miss Institutional Repository Conference, which will be held on campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on April 25-26, 2019.


We are accepting proposals for full concurrent sessions (approx. 50 minutes), lightning talks (approx. 5 minutes), and posters. We are also adding three new presentation categories this year: short concurrent sessions (approx. 25 minutes), panels (multiple speakers on a common topic, approx. 50 minutes) and workshops (hands-on opportunity for participants to learn about a specific topic pertinent to IRs, approx. 2 hours)


We welcome proposals from all institutions that either have an IR, regardless of platform, or that are interested in pursuing an IR for their campus. Topics for proposals may include (but are not limited to):


-       Choosing an IR platform

-       Promoting an IR on campus

-       IR staffing models

-       New and emerging IR platforms

-       Getting faculty participation in IR initiatives

-       IRs and student scholarship

-       Electronic theses and dissertations

-       Library-led publishing through the IR

-       Open educational resources

-       Data management

-       Open access

-       Author rights

-       Metrics and tools for evaluating IRs

-       Migrating from one IR platform to another


The deadline for submitting proposals is December 14, 2018. Acceptance emails will be sent no later than February 15, 2019. Registration is free for all attendees, and will include a light breakfast and lunch on the second day of the conference. Registration will open in January. Proposals may be submitted at  Please contact [log in to unmask] for any questions about proposals or about SMIRC.


Josh C. Cromwell

Institutional Repository Coordinator

The Aquila Digital Community

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

118 College Drive #5053

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Phone: 601.266.6200

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