- Institutional repositories are becoming prevalent in academic libraries as the location for storing theses, research publications, learning objects and other grey literature.
This paper will provide brief background information on the history, the role and growth of open access Institutional Repositories and, in particular, will concentrate on the University of Melbourne's repository. The paper will touch upon the origin and changes that it has gone through and its links to the Australasian Digital Theses (ADT) Program.
It will also discuss issues for academic involvement, copyright, the Research Quality Framework (RQF) and the benefits of depositing, such as increased citation rates and linking with the University's Themis Enterprise Management tool.
In order to raise the profile and the citation rate of the Univerity of Melbourne's research community, the Vice-Chancellor has strongly encouraged researchers to deposit research output into the University of Melbourne ePrint Repository (UMER). This has resulted in new skills development and a change in workflows for institutional repository staff.
We shall mainly speak about the role of the members of the institutional repository staff, the workflow implications, and how workflow is managed day to day. To meet the University's priorities and timelines, flexibility and time management are essential.
We shall also discuss the interaction needed outside our own team, and the positive feedback and conversations with authors and colleagues.
As this is an ever evolving and fast moving field, the paper will reflect on where we are now; however, because of the impact of the RQF, the University of Melbourne's strategic plan, and the implementation of new repository software, changes are to be expected.
- Fernando, Bernadine
- Gibson, Daina
- Conference Paper