Beprexit First Fridays

Monthly updates on beprexit taskforce work

Come in for conversation and to learn what's new with beprexit!

Every first Friday through September, we'll be giving you the opportunity to learn more about what beprexit taskforce has been up to as we rethink Penn's institutional repository services. This will also be an open opportunity for you to talk with us about your needs and tell us what you would like to see in any new systems we create.

Beprexit First Fridays

Friday, March 2nd, 12-1pm

3420 Walnut St

Philadelphia, PA

All events will take place from 12-1pm in the Meyerson Conference Center, room 223 on the 2nd floor of Van Pelt Library.

Dates (every first Friday of the month):

March 2

April 6

May 4

June 1

July 6

August 3

September 7

More information on beprexit

The Penn Libraries is exploring options for open source platforms to host our institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons, which currently uses bepress’ Digital Commons software. Bepress’ recent acquisition by Elsevier is certainly troubling, but we choose to see this as an opportunity for the Penn Libraries – and potentially other libraries – to reimagine our repository systems and the ways in which we support open access dissemination of scholarly materials.

This “bepress exit,” or “beprexit,” as we call it, encompasses more than simply finding alternatives to bepress/Elsevier: It is questioning the purpose of an institutional repository and exploring the future of scholarly communication. We’re taking a hard look at the various types of scholarly expressions our academic community is producing beyond traditional book and journal publishing and how they are disseminating those expressions. We’re looking at needs – met and unmet – and rethinking how we support our community.

For Penn’s official statement, please see

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