Perpetual Beta: Early Literature about Institutional Repositories and What Assessment Can Tell Us Now

An ALCTS Webcast.

As we develop new technologies for managing, accessing, and preserving information materials, libraries concurrently develop our theories and predictions for how those new technologies will affect our operations, services, and patrons; these predictions create a framework within which we designate our workflows and measures of success. But to what extent do we consider whether these early assumptions are viable or realistic? How do we understand methods of assessment for institutional repositories (IRs) when we are in a state of perpetual beta?

Leah and Allison discuss their findings from a review of the early literature and strategic documents and corresponding/related current statements on IR success, showing the changes between theory and practice, with implications for planning and assessment.


Allison Sivak and Leah Vanderjagt


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ALCTS thanks Berkeley Electronic Press for their generous support of this webinar.