Day/Time: May 16, 2024, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Title: Publishing Pedagogy: How Institutional Repositories Empower Undergraduate Research

Presenter: Dylan Mohr, Syracuse University

Description: This presentation explores the transformative role of institutional repositories (IRs) as pedagogical instruments rather than just platforms for sharing research. While IRs traditionally serve as endpoints for academic work in higher education, this talk challenges this notion by emphasizing the critical inclusion of undergraduate contributions.

Beyond merely housing student work, this discussion delves into why integrating student work into IRs matters and how it can benefit undergraduates. By framing publication as a pedagogical strategy within undergraduate classrooms, the session draws on a growing body of scholarship showcasing the positive impact of publishing student work beyond the confines of a single instructor’s assessment. This approach has demonstrated notable increases in student engagement and performance.

Furthermore, the talk highlights the unique position of IRs in offering experiential learning opportunities across diverse disciplines. It specifically delves into the case of SURFACE (Syracuse University’s Institutional Repository), illustrating how its integration into syllabi across four courses facilitated diverse learning outcomes. The discussion extends to how leveraging different facets of the IR, such as addressing issues in scholarly communication and navigating copyright concerns, supported educational goals within these classrooms. Ultimately, this presentation aims to spark a conversation on harnessing IRs as versatile pedagogical tools.


Title: Dynamic Texts: Student Voices in Course Materials

Presenter: Micah Gjeltema (he/him), Open Education & Affordable Content Librarian, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Description: In contrast to traditional textbook models, Open Educational Practices enable students to engage and respond to assigned materials in order to enhance their own learning while adding the unique context of their experience for future students to benefit from and build upon. This session will explore several student-centered learning materials projects supported by University of Minnesota Libraries. Projects include a STEM textbook assembled and edited by students, student-designed learning modules for K-12 education, and Freshman Seminar materials contributed by students as topic experts. We will explore potential structures for facilitating student creation including collaborative texts, individual contributions, and curated collections while examining ways in which libraries can support these endeavors. These illustrations will allow for a broader conversation on Open Educational Practices and the opportunities and challenges inherent to the solicitation, creation, and use of student-authored learning materials, including representation, motivation, and privacy.


Title: Overdue Knowledge: Teaching & Learning via Student-led Journals in the Library

Presenter: Rebecca Wojturska (she/her), Open Access Publishing Officer, University of Edinburgh

Description: Academic publishing is an area often associated with a lack of transparency. What goes on behind the scenes and how does publishing really work? One of the many merits to Open Access is not only opening up research but the practices that make it possible. Embedding this knowledge from undergraduate level has the potential to help students flourish when it comes to approaching academia or publishing as a career path. But how can librarians help?

Edinburgh Diamond, situated within Edinburgh University Library, provides free publishing services to academics, staff and students of the University of Edinburgh who wish to publish their own Diamond Open Access books and journals. The service currently has eight journals that are led by student-groups across the University, showcasing a variety of research from internal students as well as researchers of all levels worldwide. Edinburgh Diamond aims to grow this offering to increase publishing transparency and to equip students with skills and knowledge in academic publishing, including: launching a journal, managing workflow, facilitating peer-review, coordinating submissions, understanding editorial, production, marketing and promotion processes, and the importance of indexing, metadata and discoverability.

This presentation will demonstrate how the service aims to engage with students to develop their understanding and practical application of publishing knowledge, as well as how the process of running their own journal enhances the learning experience. Furthermore, this presentation will look at Edinburgh Diamond’s history and growth of student-led publishing, highlight student feedback, and share plans for the future.