Rethinking Repositories: Time to (re-)focus on the researchers?
Abstract from the session:
At many institutions, repository initiatives provide access, preservation and services for multiple programs - at-risk digital special collections, digitized materials, and the outputs of research, including publications and data. No single software stack, platform, service portfolio, or even library program can support all of these areas. Given this diffusion of stakeholders, needs, and processes, is there a unifying aspect for the institutional repository? If not, then what do we mean by "institutional repository?" In a time where both the needs of researchers and repository technologies are rapidly evolving, what strategies should libraries employ for developing technology, staffing, services, and policies to provide access and preservation for a wide range of institutional assets? In this panel discussion, repository leaders from the University of North Carolina and Duke University will start a conversation by describing their approaches, what they have learned, and how they think these services should evolve. They will pose some provocative questions for discussion with all attendees, and hope to stimulate a better understanding of cohesive approaches for repository programs.
Panel convened at the CNI Spring 2017 Membership Meeting with Jason Casden (Head, Software Development at UNC University Libraries), Paolo Mangiafico (Coordinator, Scholarly Communications Technology at Duke University Libraries), and Julie Rudder (Repository Program Librarian at UNC University Libraries).