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Title: Piloting an institutional repository at a research-intensive university:Strategies for content recruitment and the role of the library
Authors: Abrizah, A.
Keywords: Institutional repositories
Open access digital libraries
Academic libraries
Roles of librarians
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: The Third International Conference on Digital Libraries 2010
Citation: Abrizah, A. 2010. Piloting An Institutional Repository At A Research- Intensive University: Strategies For Content Recruitment And The Role Of The Library. International Conference on Digital Libraries ICDL 2010, New Delhi, India 23-26 Feb 2010
Abstract: Objective: This paper describes how a research group at a research intensive university ,whose vested interest is in increasing the accessibility of the university’s research output to the world literature, develops a self-sustainable and expandable open access institutional repository (IR). It also reports on how the university recruits content for its institutional repository, and how the roles of librarians would have changed in the process. Design/methodology/approach - This paper describes the background on how institutional repositories have developed in response to the open access movement. The case of the University of Malaya’s Institutional Repository is described, showing the strategies that the digital library research group employed in recruiting content. Findings - The paper illustrates the strategies to populate the IR which include encouraging researchers to self-archive papers and capturing pre-existing collections of theses and dissertations. It also describes how the roles of academic librarians would change in the process of building the institutional repository. There are extensions of existing roles in terms of system evaluation, advocacy and reference services. New roles include content recruitment and interpreting policies. It also points out possible directions which can make the repository sustainable. Practical implications - The paper provides a useful case study to which other academic libraries may refer when they plan to develop their own institutional repositories. Originality/value - This paper provides descriptions on the changing roles of librarians not covered in previous literature. Discussions on policies, strategies, barriers and challenges will have reference value for academic libraries who want to embark on a similar project.
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/789
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