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The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries are now accepting proposals for the 2020 Southern Miss Institutional Repository Conference, which will be held on campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on April 23-24, 2020.


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


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

-     Accessibility for IRs

-       Getting faculty participation in IR initiatives

-       IRs and student scholarship

-     Supporting underrepresented minority researchers through IRs

-       Electronic theses and dissertations

-       Library-led publishing through the IR

-       Open educational resources and IRs

-       Data management and IRs

-       Open access and IRs

-       Author rights

-       Metrics and tools for evaluating IRs

-       Migrating from one IR platform to another


The deadline for submitting proposals is December 18, 2019. Acceptance emails will be sent no later than February 14, 2020. 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. 


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