Launch of Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library's Digital Commons institutional repository initiative

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Image: DiMenna-Nyselius LibraryWhat: Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library Digital Commons @ Fairfield Institutional Repository Launch Party

When: Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m.-noon.

Where: DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Why: The event will serve as an opportunity to learn about DigitalCommons@Fairfield, an open access institutional repository highlighting the scholarship of Fairfield faculty. It is part of an effort to increase the visibility of faculty members' scholarship, maximize its research impact, and contribute to worldwide accessibility. Faculty members who post their work in Digital Commons will 'maximize discoverability.' That's because this platform is optimized for visibility through Google, Google Scholar and other search engines, resulting in the scholarship being highly visible and easily discoverable by other scholars around the world and by students and colleagues here at Fairfield.

Among the speakers are Carey Weber, collections manager of Visual Resources Curator, Bellarmine Museum of Art; students of Dr. Al Benney, professor of Religious Studies; Joan Overfield, university librarian and director of library services; and Nina Peri, Digital Commons coordinator, reference librarian. They will discuss how Digital Commons increases our own scholars' visibility, and how it can allow access to multimedia, especially video and increase student learning in the classroom. It will be used in promoting the Bellermine Museum collection, and also will be used to help run the JUHAN conference.

To learn more about his invigorating tool, watch "Scary Movie VI: Scholars Version," written, directed and produced by Fairfield University librarians at

To RSVP, e-mail JoAnn Garrity at For other events the Library is having during National Library Week, April 9-13, visit

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726,

Posted on April 11, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 263