Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Institutional Repositories Chat

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1Ldwj8b

Institutional Repositories: Thoughts on Making It Real
Thursday, July 16, 2015
9:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Pacific

Are you considering standing up an institutional repository? Have experience standing up an institutional repository? Join us on Twitter for our #medlibs chat as we discuss institutional repositories (IR) on with Jimmy Ghaphery (@jimmyghaphery), head of Digital Technologies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries, as our special guest.

Just over a year ago, the VCU Libraries stood up an institutional repository, Scholars Compass, using Bepress software. Electronic theses and dissertations were shifted from DSpace to Scholars Compass.

According to Wikipedia, an institutional repository (IR) is an online archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.

There are many approaches to setting up IRs:
  • Choosing and customizing a platform
  • Open source or commercial
  • Local or hosted
  • Mediated use or self-service access
  • Policies and procedures
  • Defining success
  • Relationship to national repositories

Please bring your expertise and/or questions for this conversation on setting up an institutional repository.

Selected resources:
Burns, C. S., Lana, A., & Budd, J. M. (2013). Institutional repositories: Exploration of costs and value. D-Lib Magazine, 19(1-2). doi:10.1045/january2013-burns http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january13/burns/01burns.html
Connolly, Ann.  bepress (2015). How am I Doing? A Framework for Repository Benchmarking http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/webinars/68/

Salo, D. (2013). How to scuttle a scholarly communication initiative. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1(4), eP1075. doi:10.7710/2162-3309.1075 http://jlsc-pub.org/jlsc/vol1/iss4/3/

Open Source IRs:
Proprietary IR software:
Digital Commons (Bepress)

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