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Date

2021-12-02

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For years, libraries have been involved in the development and management of campus institutional repositories (IRs). The purpose of these IRs varies but it is often to provide a platform for collecting and making freely available the scholarly output of the university or college. Depending on the breadth of materials and campus constituencies represented in the IR, library staff often spend many hours managing this resource. Given the proliferation of online platforms for sharing scholarly works, is this time worth the effort, or can it be diverted into new and possibly more relevant projects? The Library system at the University of Vermont began supporting the University’s IR in 2007, and is currently licensing BePress from Elsevier as the platform. Library staff have recently begun to reevaluate the viability of continuing to support the IR in its current form. In order to determine the future of the library’s involvement in the IR, a working group of librarians has been systematically reexamining the purpose and mission of UVM’s IR, the platform on which to house it, the type of content to include, and the staffing model needed to sustain it. This group hopes to align the mission and management structure of institutional repository services with the library’s strategic plan and the university’s strategic vision. We will share the process by which we engaged in this work, and the changes we plan to recommend as a result.

Keywords

institutional repositories

DOI

10.13028/dgxw-z538

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Choose IR Own Adventure: Re-examining the Purpose and Mission of our Institutional Repository

For years, libraries have been involved in the development and management of campus institutional repositories (IRs). The purpose of these IRs varies but it is often to provide a platform for collecting and making freely available the scholarly output of the university or college. Depending on the breadth of materials and campus constituencies represented in the IR, library staff often spend many hours managing this resource. Given the proliferation of online platforms for sharing scholarly works, is this time worth the effort, or can it be diverted into new and possibly more relevant projects? The Library system at the University of Vermont began supporting the University’s IR in 2007, and is currently licensing BePress from Elsevier as the platform. Library staff have recently begun to reevaluate the viability of continuing to support the IR in its current form. In order to determine the future of the library’s involvement in the IR, a working group of librarians has been systematically reexamining the purpose and mission of UVM’s IR, the platform on which to house it, the type of content to include, and the staffing model needed to sustain it. This group hopes to align the mission and management structure of institutional repository services with the library’s strategic plan and the university’s strategic vision. We will share the process by which we engaged in this work, and the changes we plan to recommend as a result.