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Poster presented at: Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association; October 24, 2016; Des Moines, IA.


Institutional repositories (IR) collect, preserve and disseminate scholarly output of an institution and are common in academic settings. They are not as common in multihospital health care systems where published works are usually connected to an author’s academic affiliations. However, when concurrently, our multihospital health care system expressed an interest in publishing an online peer‐ reviewed journal and our research department expressed the desire to more easily track the works of Aurora authors, the hospital librarians stepped up for the challenge. The Aurora librarians chose the Digital Commons platform from Bepress because it allowed institutional branding, unlimited digital storage and vendor technical support, provided peer review tools and required minimal local IT support. The peer‐reviewed journal was a priority and workflow for the peer review process and metadata and was quickly setup within months of purchasing the product. Collaborating departments at Aurora now assume full responsibility for the maintenance and publication of the health care system’s journal. Tracking works of Aurora authors is, and continues to be a function done exclusively by Aurora librarians, and involves identifying and assigning metadata for Aurora authored articles, posters, presentations, books, and book chapters. We also recently began collecting historical information and images. This poster will describe the hurdles we encountered during its initial development as well as the challenges we continue to experience as we work with a platform created primarily for academia

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