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List of figures
About the author
Chapter 1: Introduction
Opportunities for libraries
Institutional repositories, digital projects, and digital repository programs
Chapter 2: Strategic planning
The vision for a digital program
Core constituencies’ needs
Internal resource audit: infrastructure, resources, content
Determining what’s realistic
Shaping the program: writing a mission statement
Bigger than the repository program: aligning with institutional and organizational goals
Putting it all together
Chapter 3: Technical overview
General structure of a digital repository system
Understanding the institutional environment
Working with multiple systems
Partnership with IT
Keeping down costs
Chapter 4: Staffing
Assembling the team(s): staffing needs and considerations
Digital repository program coordinator
Digital program planning team
Digital program steering group
Getting IT staff involved in repository work
Librarians and repository work
Digital repository workgroups
Library and information science interns
Chapter 5: Metadata
What is metadata?
Types of metadata
Metadata standards and protocols
A-Z of metadata work
Tools to support metadata production
Complexity of metadata work
The hands-on metadata workshop
Chapter 6: Collection building: project proposals, planning, implementation
Project initiation: proposals and the review process
Chapter 7: Content recruitment and marketing
Working with faculty
Other potential partners within the institution
What to show before you have collections
Recruiting content from outside of the university
Big and small ways to market your repository program
Showcasing individual projects and collections
Chapter 8: Open Access
Introduction: what is open access?
Nuts and bolts of open access
Clarifying common misconceptions
What does OA mean for libraries?
Selling open access
Chapter 9: Sustainability
Sustaining digital objects
Sustaining digital collections
Sustaining repository teams
Sustaining the repository program
Chapter 10: Assessment
Overview of the process
Assessing the repository program and its services
Collection-level usage data
Chapter 11: Web 2.0 and digital repositories
Push content out; bring users in
Integrate Web 2.0 tools with the repository
AppendixÂ 1: Introduction to metadata workshop
AppendixÂ 2: The World War II Poster Project
Whether you are just starting to create a digital repository or your institution already has a fully-developed program, this book provides strategies for building and maintaining a high-use, cohesive, and fiscally-responsible repository with collections that showcase your institution. The book explains how to strategically select projects tied to your institution’s goals, create processes and workflows designed to support a fully-functioning program, and creatively utilize existing resources. The benefits of taking a holistic approach to creating a digital repository program rather than focusing only on individual collections are discussed. Case studies and best practices from various institutions round out the author’s practical suggestions.
- Focuses on the bigger picture of repository work (creating a unified, cohesive program) but also includes suggestions for effectively implementing digital projects of all shapes and sizes
- Focuses on doing more with less – strategies that are perfect for smaller institutions or institutions which want to be fiscally responsible when it comes to building and sustaining digital repository programs
- Includes ready-to-use templates, worksheets, workshop exercises, and assessment tools written by the author
Library directors and administrators, digital repository project managers, librarians, library technologists, and library and information science graduate students
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- © Chandos Publishing 2010
- 24th September 2010
- Chandos Publishing
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…an important book for librarians and repository managers… a clearly articulated and practical roadmap for the implementation of digital initiatives in HE institutions., Library Review
For medium-to-large colleges and universities with adequate staff resources, this handbook functions as an appropriate and excellent guide., Library Resources & Technical Services
Abby Clobridge is currently the Associate Director for Research and Knowledge Services at the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Library. Prior to joining Harvard, she worked in various academic and special libraries including Bucknell University, where she created a digital repository program, and CNN, where she worked as an investigative researcher and news librarian. Ms. Clobridge and her colleague, David Del Testa, won the 2009 ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award for their development of the World War II Poster Project, a digital library project designed to teach undergraduate students information literacy and technology fluency skills.
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Library, USA
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