The Potential of Partnerships: Dissolving Silos for a Successful IR Implementation

An ALCTS Webcast.

In this hour-long webcast, The University of Massachusetts’ institutional repository is used as a case study to explore:

  • how the new digital repository service has affected the way librarians envision our place in the future of the academy,
  • how the academy is changing its view of the library’s role,
  • new tools and skills that we are developing to fulfill this service, and
  • new partnerships that we have created and fostered to exploit this new vision.

Discussion and provides insights and opportunities for further exploration of how the role of libraries as publishers enables us to be key partners in the creation, dissemination, and archiving of academic scholarship.


Marilyn Billings ( is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She provides campus-wide leadership and education in alternative scholarly communication strategies and is frequently an invited speaker at faculty department colloquia. She gives presentations on author rights, alternative digital publishing models and the role of digital repositories in today's research and scholarship endeavors at the regional, national, and international levels. As co-PI on an NSF funded grant to create an Ethics Clearinghouse in response to the America COMPETES Act, Marilyn works closely with faculty, researchers, and administrative staff and organizes programs on many new and emerging topics. Another key aspect of her responsibilities includes the oversight of the institutional repository ScholarWorks @ UMass Amherst. Recent presentations include "The Academic Library as Publishing Agent: showcasing student, faculty, and campus scholarship and publications” with Terri Fishel at the Association of Research Libraries in Seattle, WA in January 2009; “Exploring Ways That Institutional Repositories Facilitate New Roles and Partnerships for Libraries and the Academy” at the Czech and Slovak Library Information Network (CASLIN) conference in June 2009, and providing workshops at numerous institutions. Her presentation “Changing Scholarly Communications and the Role of an Institutional Repository in the Digital Landscape” appears in the ACRL Scholarly Communication.


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