The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper [PDF] (August 2002)
Raym Crow, SPARC Senior Consultant
Institutional repositories—digital collections that capture and preserve the intellectual output of university communities—respond to two strategic issues facing academic institutions: 1) they provide a central component in reforming scholarly communication by stimulating innovation in a disaggregated publishing structure; and 2) they serve as tangible indicators of an institution’s quality, thus increasing its visibility, prestige, and public value. This paper examines institutional repositories from these complementary perspectives, describing their potential role and exploring their impact on major stakeholders in the scholarly communication process.
See also: SPARC Institutional Repository Checklist & Resource Guide
Crow, Raym. "The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper." ARL Bimonthly Report 223 (August 2002).
Johnson, Rick. "Institutional Repositories: Partnering with Faculty to Enhance Scholarly Communication." D-Lib Magazine (November 2002).
Institutional Repositories: Revealing Our Strengths (ARL-SPARC-CARL Online Event - June 10, 2004)
The recording of a live, interactive presentation on June 10, 2004. Moderator Rick Johnson and three experts in building and populating IRs spent an hour and a half describing the necessary elements and most pertinent issues. Users from more than 100 sites tuned in.
October 28, 2005 - eIFL General Assembly 2005 (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Open Access and Institutional Repositories (Heather Joseph)
[Presentation in PDF format - 720KB]
The Case for Institutional Repositories (Rick Johnson)
The Institutional Repository, by Richard Jones, Dr Theo Andrew and John MacColl
This book discusses the concept of the Institutional Repository (IR) and examines how they can be set up, maintained and embedded into general institutional working practice.
The Guide to Institutional Repository Software 3.0
A document to help organizations select a software system as part of their repository planning now covers nine open-source systems for creating open-access, OAI-compliant repositories. (also available in Japanese)
OAI for Beginners: the Open Archives Forum Online Tutorial
Defines and explains how to use the OAI-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), a mechanism for harvesting records containing metadata from repositories.
Pathfinder Research on Web-based Repositories
Ware, M. London: Publisher and Library/Learning Solutions (PALS), January 2004.
This report reviews recent developments and quantifies the growth of institutional repositories while exploring the impact their expansion may have on scholarly publishing.
Making the Case for an Institutional Repository to Your Provost [PDF], from Berkeley Electronic Press
A document with strategies on how to gain support from your Provost for starting an Institutional Repository.
Institutional Repository Annual Report to the Provost AY 2007-08 [PDF], from the Kennedy Library
A review of the first year of Californial Polytechnic University's Institutional Repository, Digital Commons @ Cal Poly.
OSI EPrints Handbook
Carr, L., ed. Created at Southampton University using a grant from the Open Society Institute to serve as a guide for self-archiving and using the EPrints service.
Lynch, C. A. Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age. Coalition for Networked Information, ARL Bimonthly Report 226, February 2003.
McKiernan, G. Open Access and Retrieval: Liberating the Scholarly Literature. E-Serials Collection Management: Transitions, Trends, and Technicalities. Ed. David C. Fowler. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2004, pp. 197-220.
Poynder, Richard. Institutional Repositories, and a little experiment. On the Web at http://poynder.blogspot.com/2006/03/institutional-repositories-and-little.html (Retrieved March 16, 2006).
Shearer, K.CARL Institutional Repositories Pilot Project. Canadian Association of Research Libraries, SPARC E-News, December 2002-January 2003.
Sponsler, E. and Van de Velde, E. F. Eprints.org Software: A Review. SPARC E-News, August-September 2001.