Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Introduction

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Introduction

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The 2003 edition of the annual Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Environmental Scan identifies institutional repositories, among others, as an "emerging issue that may affect the future of higher education [and] academic libraries" (ACRL, 2003, p. 3).

Establishing an institutional repository is not a simple, quick, or inexpensive undertaking. To many, an institutional repository is just technology--a combination of a Web server, relational database, and data storage accompanied by a wide spectrum of functionalities. But the building or purchasing of the technology is just one part of an institutional repository project, and perhaps the easiest part.

Far more time and effort goes into the less tangible aspects of an institutional repository, such as building advocacy, garnering collections, and determining policies. This Library Technology Report guides you through the process of establishing an institutional repository at your organization, from conceptualization to actualization, encompassing both the technology and intangibles.

This report answers the basic, yet complex, questions of what an institutional repository is and why one might be of value to your organization. The report also discusses specific policy, use, and technical decisions that will result in a detailed checklist of functions and features of the ideal institutional repository system for your organization.

Chapter 7 gives an overview of the currently available institutional repository systems, both commercial and open source, against which you can compare your customized checklist. …

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