Institutional repositories can create exciting possibilities for scholarly communication with access, discovery, and permanency for the intellectual capital of a university. Digital research repositories capture student and faculty research and allow publishing opportunities for electronic journals in an open access environment. Western Kentucky University launched TopSCHOLARtm in May 2007 and is reaping benefits from the decision to contract with an established publishing platform, bepress' Digital Commons.
Institutional Repositories are intended to create an alternative publishing model, enhance scholarly communication, showcase an institution's intellectual output, and preserve and provide access to an institution's digital assets. What are strategies and challenges involved in launching and populating an IR using Western Kentucky University as an example.
Science and Technology Studies | Technology and Innovation
Recommended Repository Citation
Foster, Connie, "Institutional Repositories—Strategies for the Present and Future" (2008). DLTS Faculty Publications. Paper 4.
A version of this paper, accompanied by PowerPoint slides, was given at the 23rd annual conference of the North American Serials Interest Group, June 6, 2008, Phoenix AZ, as part of a panel presentation with Jean-Gabriel Bankier, President of bepress (Berkeley Electronic Press), and Glenn Wiley, Metadata Librarian, Cornell University.