Early Implementation Work for IR Management: Sifting Through Choices for an Emerging Area of Service

Leah Vanderjagt

a part of Implementing an Institutional Repository: 2009 Midwinter Symposium

Abstract: Currently, the wide IR environment presents to the institutional repository manager an array of choices relating to nearly every aspect of the implementation of an IR service. In light of this, what guiding principles and resources can assist in making implementation decisions, and where do current gaps exist for support? What sets of challenges tend to emerge for organizations commencing this work? This talk will articulate these choices and challenges, and propose critical initial directions for those beginning their IR implementation journey. Leah will also speak briefly on the Canadian IR environment.


Leah Vanderjagt is the Digital Repository Services Librarian at the University of Alberta, where she administers ERA (the campus digital repository) and its associated services, collaborates with colleagues to develop strategies to recruit content for the repository, and communicates with and supports campus users of the Open Journal System and the Open Conference System Hosting Service. Prior to this position, Leah worked as the Education Programs Lead and Clinical Research Librarian with the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education (CARE) program at Stollery Children's Hospital. CARE is the first academic pediatric integrative medicine program in Canada. Leah has also worked for U of A Libraries in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library and in the Data Library, delivering GIS and spatial data services. Leah holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Calgary, and before she became a librarian she worked as a GIS/Database Coordinator and Regional Geographer with Statistics Canada. Her professional interests include open access initiatives, government information policy, advocacy movements for information access, and research librarianship. Leah is one of the two inaugural co-convenors of the Canadian Library Association’s Open Access Interest Group.