The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges

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by Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer

Despite the abundance of information on IRs, librarians consistently show an interest in learning more about their promises and pitfalls, and they seek practical advice on creating, maintaining, implementing, and marketing them. | more

Chapter 1

Institutional Repositories: The Promises of Yesterday, The Promises of Tomorrow

by Greg Tananbaum

As institutional repositories (IRs) reach their adolescence, the timing is appropriate to take a step back and assess their development. To do so requires asking a series of questions:

  • What were the initial promises of the IR concept?
  • What expectations were there for the IR and how well has the reality matched these expectations?
  • How have IRs impacted scholarly communication?

In short, how did IRs reach their present state of development, how bumpy has the road been, and what does this portend for the future?

Chapter 2

Approaches to Marketing an Institutional Repository to Campus

by Marísa L. Ramírez and Michael D. Miller

Basic marketing principles and how to apply them to marketing an institutional repository within a higher education setting.

Chapter 3

Perpetual Beta: Assessing the Institutional Repository

by Allison Sivak and Leah Vanderjagt

A thorough review and discussion of assessment and evaluation criteria for repositories based on recent research.

Chapter 4

Institutional Repositories, Libraries and the Academy

by Marilyn S. Billings

Many research and educational institutions are finding the promises of creating and maintaining an IR alluring, and in many cases libraries are intimately, often centrally, involved in this effort.

Chapter 5

Implementing Open Access Policies Using Institutional Repositories

by Ellen Finnie Duranceau and Sue Kriegsman

Pros and cons of establishing an institutional open access policy within the framework of the IR.  |  read this chapter now (free)

Chapter 6

Copyright and Institutional Repositories

by Lisa A. Macklin

Successfully managing copyright issues is essential to populating a repository with content.

About This Publication

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