Thursday, May 8, 2008

UR Research at the University of Rochester: an Institutional Repository case study.

UR Research at the University of Rochester: an Institutional Repository case study.
Suzanne Bell, Univerity of Rochester.

Institutional Repositories – Activities
· Collection
· Organization
· Categorization
· Sharing, Providing access
· Preservation

Look to the mission of the college/university - Research OR Teaching & Learning

REASONS WHY FACULTY/STUDENTS MIGHT WANT PARTICIPATE IN AN INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY
· To be seen, googled and be cited. They like open access.
· To impress the admin/ get tenure
· To safeguard and preserve work
· Ability to give out links rather than hand out papers to interested colleagues.
· As a way to attract future students
· For students : to build an online portfolio


OBVIOUS AND EASY COLLECTIONS:
· Faculty theses and Dissertations
· Student star papers (e.g. Civil War or Cape Cod History papers can be instructive to future students)
· Departments with a history of Grey Literature ( poetry, etc written by students and faculty)
· Multimedia: theatre productions, lectures, events.
· Commencements & memorabilia
· Special projects or initiatives unique to the institution.
· Publications: Newsletters, annual reports
· Institutional Research : statistical reports
· Administrative staff “institutional memory” papers or documents are often very interesting.
· Student research posters, presentations. Aesthetic project capstone.

POLICIES:
Need easy to understand, simple policies.
Open access or available only on site an important consideration, though open access can benefit.

SOME IDEAS
You might personalize the Institutional Repository
· Researcher pages.
· Theme pages
· Check the Hit Counters

FUNDING!
IMLS grants are great and easy to get!
UR got one even for an anthropologist to study the IR!

Brenda

1 comment:

poirier said...

This session gave me food for thought! Do I have permission to post some of these thoughts on my own blog? Thanks!!!
--Maureen Perry,
University of Southern Maine