Associate Director of Public Services & Collection Development
University of Rochester
Tyler O. Walters
Associate Director for Technology and Resource Services
Georgia Institute of Technology
The development of institutional repositories (IRs) is moving into a new phase beyond the initial model of store / organize / access. If IRs are going to be integrated into the “information fabric” of our campuses, then we must not develop them in library terms, but rather develop the IR in terms of university goals and faculty needs. Hence, the “growth industry” for IRs will be around identifying and implementing constructive ways to use the scholarly information they contain. Services that “add value” to IR content are beginning to emerge and be tested in the field. This session will share the research and lessons learned from faculty interacting with IRs at the University of Rochester and the Georgia Institute of Technology – both are major DSpace repositories working with faculty to identify, build, and offer value-added features. The session will provide an update on the latest developments with the University of Rochester’s researcher pages and usage statistics features, then focus on what Rochester’s research has shown to be intriguing ideas for the future development of value-added services. Georgia Tech is working with faculty to determine their “value-added” needs from the Georgia Tech IR, SMARTech. Value added features being developed as a result of their collaborations will be discussed, such as: “syndicating” IR content to campus portals and departmental web sites; restricting access to content in order to collect confidential or embargoed research output; developing promotion and tenure document output templates, and integration with software such as EndNote. A discussion with attendees will focus on gaining feedback on the ideas presented, sharing attendees’ IR usage experiences, and brainstorming on more useful services IRs can provide.