Core’s complete guide to institutional repositories

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/30/2020


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The Institutional Repository (IR) has become standard to the academic library in the past decade. In fact, some 5,000 are listed in open access directories. However, IR operations are anything but standard. You are not alone in your challenges, whether they be discovery of born digital content or policies for deposit and withdrawal. “The Complete Guide to Institutional Repositories,” published by ALA Editions in cooperation with Core, gathers expertise to offer a comprehensive guide on contemporary institutional repository management. The collection is edited by Stephen Craig Finlay. Readers will sharpen their understanding of such key IR topics as:

  • managing complexity task-by-task using a detailed breakdown of IR projects;
  • six crucial elements every deposit policy should address;
  • using the SHERPA RoMEO database to quickly locate publisher policies;
  • policy development, community outreach, and open source software testing, illuminated through case studies;
  • metadata basics for the non-cataloger;
  • authority control for electronic theses, dissertations, and grey literature;
  • workflow suggestions for small and mid-sized institutions;
  • showcasing undergraduates’ work with student peer-reviewed journals, photography, or theater performances;
  • promoting faculty engagement with awards and recognition; and
  • copyright fundamentals all staff who interact with the IR should know.

Finlay is the director of the library at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Prior to this, he was the scholarly communication librarian at Indiana University South Bend, where he also taught information literacy. He launched IU South Bend’s institutional repository and online journal publishing initiatives, and also started the first funded open educational resources program in the Indiana University system. In 2014 he founded the Michiana (now ALI) Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference. He has published on a wide range of issues including bibliometrics, disciplinarity, scholarly communication education, and doctoral research in library and information science.

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is a new division of ALA. Its mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning.

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