UR Research at the University of Rochester: an Institutional Repository case study.
Suzanne Bell, Univerity of Rochester.
Institutional Repositories – Activities
· Sharing, Providing access
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.
Need easy to understand, simple policies.
Open access or available only on site an important consideration, though open access can benefit.
You might personalize the Institutional Repository
· Researcher pages.
· Theme pages
· Check the Hit Counters
IMLS grants are great and easy to get!
UR got one even for an anthropologist to study the IR!