The Institutional Repository

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781843341383
eBook ISBN: 9781780630830
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st January 2006
Page Count: 268
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Institutional Access


Providing a thorough review of the concept of the Institutional Repository (IR) the book examines how they can be set up, maintained and embedded into general institutional working practice. Specific reference is made to capturing certain types of research material such as E-Theses and E-Prints and what the issues are with regard to obtaining the material, ensuring that all legal grounds are covered and then storing the material in perpetuity. General workflow and administrative processes that may come up during the implementation and maintenance of an IR are discussed. The authors notes that there are a number of different models that have been adopted worldwide for IR management, and these are discussed. Finally, a case study of the inception of the Edinburgh Research Archive is provided which takes the user through the long path from conception to completion of an IR, examining the highs and lows of the process and offering advice for other implementers. This allows the book the opportunity to introduce extensive practical experience in unexpected areas such as mediated deposit.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive synthesis of the whole of the IR system – never before provided in other books
  • The research results that it contains, are at the leading edge of this subject area
  • Includes a comprehensive case study and examination of practical experience – never before provided in other books


Implementers of Institution Repositories; digital librarians; academic librarians; library managers; librarians; information scientists and library studies students

Table of Contents

The institutional repository in the digital library; Establishing a repository; Technologies and technicalities; Workflow and administration; Advocacy; Intellectual property; Case study: The Edinburgh Research Archive.


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…this book is the best single reference resource I'm aware of in this area., Library Review
…full of useful advice and guidelines that the authors have drawn from their experience and research. …very comprehensive. …essential reading., Library Review
…it is clearly written and explains a complex topic in easy to understand terms., Ariadne