With a bright sunny day outside, we gathered at Aston Business School Conference Centre to start the day with a talk about the features added to RoMEO over the past year. This was followed with a lively question and answers session on RoMEO in general. During the discussion, the wording of letters to publishers arose. There are two template letters available here http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/guidance/submission.htm

After a short break, Andrew Gray re-started our sessions, by speaking about his previous experience within the Arts.  He was followed by Charles Oppenheim who discuss copyright issues for repositories, covering various forms of deposit that an administrator may experience. Charles gave as an example of a robust takedown policy  http://www.jorum.ac.uk/policies/jorum-notice-and-takedown-policy

After Lunch, we began the afternoon with an insight from Valerie Spezi on how Leicester Research Archive handles enquiries, and contacting Publishers. Valerie gave examples of how the record responses from Publishers, so that they can be re-used within 3 months of the response, before contacting the Publisher again.

This was followed by a presentation by Rachel Proudfoot, who looked suspiciously like myself. Rachel had been unable to attend herself, and sent her presentation along to be given on her behalf. After giving the delegates an insight into Rachel’s’ experiences at White Rose Consortium, which backed up those of the LRA, the delegates were set to work to discuss in small groups how they would handle a selection of taxing situations.

We finished the day with presentations from Peter Millington and Azhar Hussain. Peter talked about what users can expect in the near future. A new version of RoMEO is forthcoming, that will provide improved: content; linking between journals and their publishers; client societies policies given priority on display over those of their commercial publisher, where appropriate.

Azhar rounded of the day with a presentation on the way we are looking at providing Sustainability to RoMEO. In a climate where funding is being reduced across the Higher Education sector, we are now having to start to look at alternative funding streams.

All of the presentations can be found on the RSP Website here: http://www.rsp.ac.uk/events/sherparomeo-for-repository-administratorsu201d/

Jane, Peter, Azhar