For immediate release | December 14, 2023

New from ACRL - “Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion." Edited by Josh C. Cromwell, the book features a collection of ideas, scholarship, and examples that can inspire and reinvigorate how you engage with the repositories at your institution.

Over the past two decades, institutional repositories (IRs) have become commonplace in academic libraries. Library workers have grown accustomed to making the case for why their institution needs an IR, but the more fundamental question of “how” remains: How should libraries use their IRs most effectively to benefit their institutions and communities?

"Rethinking Institutional Repositories" aims to expand on existing scholarship around establishing a repository and increasing faculty submissions by highlighting a variety of approaches to administering IRs, increasing the variety of content, and broadening participation in three sections:

  • IR Management
  • IR Projects
  • IR for All

Chapters explore examples and plans for your IR including migration; engaging remotely; gray literature; student scholarship; partnering with university presses; creating sustainable historical community partnerships; conducting a baseline diversity, equity, and inclusion assessment; automated accessibility audits; captioning; and promoting non-traditional works.

“Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion” is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and; by telephone order at (800) 621-2736 or (773) 702-7010; and as an open access edition.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 8,500 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Threads, and YouTube.


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist