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 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. We have three open slots for standing members, and we are 
inviting nominations, including self-nominations. The nomination 
deadline is July 24th 2020.

*The nomination form is available here:* 

Nominees should have participated in at least one previous OR 
conference, ideally have been a member of a program or host committee 
for an OR conference, and have extensive experience with repositories 
and the international repository community. *Some type of experience 
with the Open Repositories conference is necessary to join the ORSC.*

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; the OR SC cannot provide funding for members to attend.

· Participating in the majority of the monthly committee meetings, 
including the in-person meeting that takes place at the conference every 

· Participation in ad hoc or standing committees (e.g. Scholarship, Code 
of Conduct, Finance, etc.).

· Serving specific conference roles such as Program Chair or Poster Chair.

· 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.

· Selecting new standing members for the ORSC.

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 the nominee’s role.

2. An indication that 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 our 
membership policy. Current members are listed 

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, [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>or Claire Knowles, Vice-Chair 
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