Brandeis Institutional Repository

The Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) is a resource for the Brandeis community to showcase, organize, and preserve research and scholarship in an Open Access repository. The BIR is a historical record of the research done by our faculty, students and staff. The BIR contributes to the scholarly communication landscape by providing access to scholarly material that is open and free to all. The objective of Open Access is to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and research freely across the Internet.

Why Submit Your Work to the BIR?

For faculty, it is the place to keep a digital copy of your publications in one place. For students who are working on theses or major projects on campus, the BIR helps preserve your academic achievements while at Brandeis. And for staff, it is the place to house your conference papers and any key achievements in your field.

Content Accepted for Inclusion in the BIR Must Be:

Brandeis University faculty, staff, and sponsored research affiliates are invited to consider placing their research in the BIR. We also encourage communities within the repository to identify a collection administrator who can help to define policies and carry out practices relevant to that community.

The Library Advisory Committee will address any questions about appropriateness of content for the institutional repository in keeping with University policies. In evaluating specific materials for inclusion in the BIR, consideration is given to their purpose, preservation, audience, rights and permissions.

The content of the BIR is organized in “communities” that reflect the academic and administrative structure of Brandeis University. For example, the community for the School of Arts and Sciences has “sub-communities” for each department and program. Within the communities or sub-communities, “collections” of works can be organized by research group, individual faculty member, content type or other logical groupings that meet the community’s need.

Collections in the BIR

The BIR works closely with the Brandeis University Press, the Classics Department, Archives and Special Collections, the Cohen Institute, the Women’s Studies Research Center just to name a few. The content found in the BIR is organized into communities to reflect the academic and administrative organization of the University. We have within the collection more than 100 faculty publications, 14 digital collections through Archives & Special Collections, 550 GSAS master’s theses and much more.

We collaborate with the Classics Department and the Classical Studies Artifact Research Collection (CLARC). We provide training and teach students the importance of metadata in describing physical objects to make them discoverable to the scholarly community.

Archives & Special Collections continues to add new and unique collections to the BIR. One of the most popular collection in the BIR is the Honoré Daumier Digitized Lithographs Collection. There are approximately 5,000 digitized images in the collection.

For more information, or if you think you have something to deposit, please visit the Brandeis Institutional Repository.

How to publish your work to the BIR