[Irtalk] Institutional Repositories: Exploration of Costs and Value

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Aug 10 11:57:09 SAST 2013

Little is known about the costs academic libraries incur to implement and
manage institutional repositories and the value these institutional
repositories offer to their communities. To address this, the authors
report the findings of their 29 question survey of academic libraries with
institutional repositories. We received 49 usable responses. Thirty-four of
these responses completed the entire survey. While meant to be exploratory,
results are varied and depend on the context of the institution. This
context includes, among other things, the size of the repositories and of
the institutions, the software used to operate the repositories, such as
open source or proprietary, and whether librarians mediate content
archiving, or content producers directly deposit their own material.

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