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This session explores the use of Digital Commons as both a hosting site and peer review and management tool for the creation of an online journal. In 2018 Florida International University (FIU) Libraries launched Athenaeum: Scholarly Works of the FIU Libraries Faculty and Staff. Athenaeum is meant to collect both published and unpublished articles, conference posters, and presentations of library faculty and staff as they pertain to librarianship. The goal is to provide librarians with another discovery layer for their scholarly work and to help new librarians acquire peer reviewed articles by offering peer review before inclusion in Athenaeum. In this session, we will discuss the pros, cons, and challenges associated with managing the collection as a journal. We will discuss the steps involved in finding peer reviewers and then managing the peer review process within Digital Commons, creating a submission form that caters to previously peer-reviewed articles as well as those requiring peer review, and how to submit articles already in Digital Commons. We will address the concerns expressed by those who wish not to have the statistics for their articles already in Digital Commons duplicated. We will briefly discuss the inclusion guidelines made for articles in the collections in regards to language, supporting materials, and the criteria for accepting items such as posters and presentations. Finally, we will explore how to motivate FIU librarians to participate in Athenaeum.

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