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OCLC Systems & Services

ISSN: 1065-075X

Online from: 1985

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Creating a multipurpose digital institutional repository

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Title:Creating a multipurpose digital institutional repository
Author(s):Suzanne Cohen, (Martin P. Catherwood Library, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA), Deborah Schmidle, (Department of Collections, Reference, Instruction, and Outreach, Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Citation:Suzanne Cohen, Deborah Schmidle, (2007) "Creating a multipurpose digital institutional repository", OCLC Systems & Services, Vol. 23 Iss: 3, pp.287 - 296
Keywords:Digital libraries, Employees, Partnership, United States of America
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/10650750710776422 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss DigitalCommons@ILR, a product of the Martin P. Catherwood Library and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper recounts the development of DigitalCommons@ILR and examines local policies and procedures. In addition, the paper addresses the issues of choosing a institutional repository platform, creating partnership with stakeholders, and addressing staffing needs.

Findings – The paper finds that in less than two years from its inception, DigitalCommons@ILR was launched and is now providing access to nearly 2,000 documents, including access to an online journal. Partnerships and collaborations have been an essential component in the success of this product. The need for staff support to build and sustain this institutional repository was and remains vital.

Originality/value – This paper goes beyond the technical issues involved in creating an institutional repository by discussing the partnerships and staffing needs necessary to create and sustain such an endeavor.

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