The Open Repositories Steering Committee (ORSC) is pleased to announce 
that we are opening nominations for standing members to join the OR 
Steering Committee.

ORSC manages the annual Open Repositories conference (OR2019 just 
concluded in Hamburg last week) and consists of a maximum of 12 standing 
members (who serve three-year terms) as well as the chairs of the host 
and program committees for the annual conferences. This year we are 
changing the process for recruitment and elections of new committee 
members in order to enable more active engagement between the OR 
community, the Steering Committee, and conference planning. We have 
three open slots for standing members, and we are inviting nominations, 
including self-nominations. The nomination deadline is July 31st.

*The nomination form is available here:*

Ideally members should have participated in at least one previous OR 
conference and have extensive experience with repositories and the 
international repository community.

ORSC members are expected to take part in a range of activities 
throughout the year, as well as those specifically related to the 
conference. Examples of member activities include:

   * Regular attendance at OR if at all possible. We note that for some
     potential members this can be difficult due to cost, travel, and
     schedules, but at this time this cost is normally underwritten by
     the member’s home institution.
   * Participating in the majority of the monthly committee meetings,
     including the in-person meeting that takes place at the conference
     every year.
   * Participation in ad hoc or standing committees (e.g. Scholarship,
     Code of Conduct, proposal writing, Finance, etc.).
   * Serving specific conference roles such as Program Chair or Poster 
   * Reflecting OR news and announcements (e.g. Calls for Papers,
     Expressions of Interest) via mailing lists and through social media.
   * Timely participation in all discussions, in-person and online.
   * Reviewing conference proposals and submissions.
   * Reviewing conference host bids.
   * Adding and reviewing ORSC membership.

We strongly recommend that potential nominees refer to the conference 
handbook for more information about the role of the 

When submitting a nomination (and self-nominations are welcome) you will 
be asked to submit the following information:

  1. Personal information: name, email, institution affiliation, and a
     brief description of your role.
  2. An indication that you, or your nominee, has attended at least one
     OR in the previous four years.
  3. Statement of interest, e.g. why the nominee wants to join the
     Steering Committee.
  4. Statement of qualifications, e.g. what specific experiences the
     nominee would bring to the Steering Committee.

The OR Steering Committee will elect new members in August. Successful 
new members will be expected to join the ORSC in September for a 
three-year period. See for our 
membership policy.

If you have questions about the OR Steering Committee, please feel free 
to contact any of the current standing members listed 
here: to reach out 
to the Chair, Sarah Shreeves, at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


on behalf of:
Sarah Shreeves
OR Steering Committee Chair
Vice Dean, University of Arizona Libraries