National Library Week is right around the corner and this year Elizabeth City State University’s G. R. Little Library is hosting several events on April 7 and 12.
One of the highlights of the week is a speaker panel focusing on ECSU’s new “Digital Repository,” NC DOCKS (http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/ecsu/). ECSU became an NC DOCKS member in August 2018.
With NC DOCKS, faculty members who publish papers and articles can submit that work to a list of publications. According to the ECSU director of library services, Dr. Juanita Midgette Spence, the ECSU repository has joined forces with 10 other North Carolina universities, increasing university and faculty visibility across the state and beyond.
Increased visibility, she explained, means more citations and subsequently more impact for the faculty work listed in the repository.
This panel happens on Friday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Ridley Student Center. This is a casual and interactive session that encourages all the attendees to join the conversation with the panel speakers.
The panel consists of two guest speakers from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in collaboration with librarians from ECSU.
The Panelists are:
- ECSU’s Dr. Juanita Midgette Spence, director of library services;
- Guest Speakers Anna Craft and Tim Bucknall from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will talk about the benefits of NC DOCKS along with a brief historical background. Anna Craft is an associate professor and coordinator of metadata services in the university libraries. Tim Bucknall is assistant dean of libraries and head of library IT at UNCG;
- Nurhak Tuncer-Bayramli, music librarian and coordinator for ECSU NC DOCKS, will briefly explain the publication submission process;
- Cynthia Horne (Head of Access Services and Assessment): She has been working on creating ECSU copyright and fair use policies, she will briefly explain them.
- David Dusto, electronic services librarian, will talk about the benefits of having an open-access repository;
- Anthony Holloway, information literacy and distance education librarian, will discuss the benefits of NC DOCKS open access database for distance education;
- Tarik Latif, university archivist, will also talk about the importance of open access databases from an archivist and a historian perspective.