Penrose Library and the Whitman College and Northwest Archives want to help you share your Undergraduate Conference research with the Whitman community and beyond!
We think of the Whitman Undergraduate Conference collection in ARMINDA as conference proceedings. This means that we collect the materials you used for your presentation (slides, poster, text of your presentation), but not related research materials such as a thesis or a term paper that you drew from for your presentation. Making your work publicly available on ARMINDA gives you a showcase for future employers or graduate programs, as well as family and friends. It also can inspire prospective and current students by demonstrating the kinds of research that Whitman supports. Whitman as an institution also benefits from having more complete records of its undergraduate research.
We recommend that you submit your materials in PDF/A format so that your work remains uniformly accessible across different platforms (Mac vs. PC) for a longer period of time. It is always important to check that your formatting has not changed when you convert from one file type to another, so when you save to PDF, do double-check that everything looks correct — especially figures and formulas. We have documentation on saving your files as PDF/A. If you have other supporting materials, the ARMINDA author FAQ has information on what file formats we can support. Please contact Amy Blau if you have other questions about file formats for submission to ARMINDA.
Please also bear in mind that compliance with copyright law is very important when you are sharing your work publicly. Respecting the intellectual property rights of others is part of the Whitman College Copyright Policy. If you are reproducing copyrighted works (images, texts, music, etc.) in your presentation, paper, or poster, you need to either have permission from the copyright owner to share, or to determine whether you can claim fair use of that material. Please refer to our materials on determining fair use. For stock images, consider using materials with a Creative Commons license, which gives you permission to use them in various ways. Penrose librarians are happy to consult with you about any questions you may have on copyright.
The final very important thing to know about submitting your WUC work to ARMINDA is that we require a non-exclusive distribution license signed by both you and your faculty sponsor (if there is more than one author/presenter, all of you should sign). This is the same license we require for honors theses — it officially grants us your permission to make your work available online, and we can’t publish your material in ARMINDA without it. You have two options for sharing your work — either with the entire world via the Internet, or with current Whitman students, faculty, and staff. Choosing worldwide open access means that you will have access to your work on the library website after you graduate, as will anyone who searches for it. There can also be good reasons to limit access of your work to the Whitman community (for example, if you or your advisor plan to publish the work in another form, or if you have privacy concerns). Just be sure that you, any coauthors, and your faculty sponsor all agree on the level of access that is appropriate. You will need to print this form, fill it out, get all relevant signatures, and turn it in to Amy Blau (in Penrose 217) or to the Library Administrative Assistant Kathleen Hutchison (in Penrose 213).
To submit your work, please fill out the WUC submission form and attach your files, and bring your signed distribution license to the library office before May 1, 2020. Please contact Amy Blau with any questions about submitting your WUC project to share in ARMINDA.