Head, Digital Library Services
Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian
Director of Information Services
Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC)
The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) has recently launched a shared digital institutional repository (IR) for its member institutions, known collectively as the ALADIN Research Commons. This resource is intended to serve both as a mechanism for publishing the scholarly output of each school’s academic community, and as an open and shared resource that supports research and continued scholarship. The ALADIN Research Commons is built on the open-source DSpace software developed at MIT. The implementation of a multi-institution IR has posed some unique challenges. In this session, members of the WRLC Working Group will discuss both the benefits and the challenges of the consortial model and detail the policy development, operational guidelines, technical specifications, and implementation strategies used to realize an IR in a shared environment.
Handout (MS Word)