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Friday, June 17 • 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Building Institutional Repositories in Theological Schools

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An institutional repository (IR) is a key component of any scholarly communications program. By enabling faculty to make versions of their scholarly works available under permissive licenses, IRs foster the transmission of knowledge across institutional and economic boundaries. IRs also showcase the collective output of faculties, providing windows into theological schools’ research activities.

Building an IR presents a number of challenges, ranging from the technical to the political. In this presentation, we discuss how librarians may meet those challenges, especially at schools without so-called “open access mandates.” Our focus will be primarily on developing effective library policies, support, and outreach for open access programs.

We illustrate how to respond to these challenges by presenting a case study of developing an IR for the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. We will discuss staffing, workflows, copyright questions, publisher relations, and faculty education. We will demonstrate why library-mediated deposit of faculty work has proven to be more effective than traditional strategies of scholarly communications outreach.

We conclude by proposing that ATLA member libraries can collectively improve the scholarly communications ecosystem in theology by aggregating the practical copyright and open access policy information their librarians acquire when implementing institutional repository programs at their own institutions.

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Clifford B Anderson

Director, Scholarly Communications, Vanderbilt University
Librarianship + Theology + Digital Humanities + λ-calculus

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Charlotte Lew

Collection/Exhibit Assistant, Vanderbilt Divinity Library
I have been working in Vanderbilt Divinity Library for eight years. I started to work on the Divinity Institutional Repository two years ago and ever since I have constantly learned to update my technology skills. I particularly enjoy curating and installing library-wide exhibits among different job assignments.
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Edward Warga

Institutional Repository Coordinator, Vanderbilt University Library
I love repositories! Talk to me about open access, metadata, and scholarly communications.

Friday June 17, 2016 4:30pm - 5:20pm
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