How Can Institutional Repositories Improve and Succeed?

Current state of IR’s is poor writes Andrew Richard Albanese. Begins with Harvard’s open access mandate and details what went wrong overall with repositories. Mentions some things that IR’s need to do to be successful such as enticing faculty to contribute by providing services.

Some interesting quotes from the article followed by my comments:

“IRs have failed to catch on for a multitude of reasons, Salo explains, not the least of which is that the first generation was hopelessly passive about their collection activities.”

  • Librarians must better understand faculty motivations, including tenure and reputation, and build services around that desire. – post by kgerber

“In his opening keynote at the 2008 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore, John Wilbanks, director of Science Commons, spoke about what would move IRs forward: incentives. ‘My experience is that faculty don’t like to be hit with sticks,’ Wilbanks said. ‘They prefer carrots.'”

  • What carrots can we provide? Some ideas:
  • Offer assistance in submitting to discipline-specific repositories or organizations
  • Provide personal Web space
  • Repository submissions recognized in tenure process – post by kgerber

One thought on “How Can Institutional Repositories Improve and Succeed?

  1. Harnad, S. (2009) Waking OA’s “Slumbering Giant”: The University’s Mandate To Mandate Open Access. New Review of Information Networking .

    Open Access (OA) will not come until universities, the universal research-providers, make it part of their mandate not only to publish their research findings, as now, but also to see to it that the few extra keystrokes it takes to make those published findings OA — by self-archiving them in their institutional repositories, free for all online — are done too. Students and junior faculty -– the next generation of researchers and users — are in a position to help convince their universities to go ahead and mandate OA self-archiving, at long last.

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