Much More Than Storage: Re-positioning the Repository as a Cornerstone of Campus Collaboration
“Repository” belies the dynamic potential of the IR. Much more than a publishing mechanism for campus scholarship and an archive of college history, it is an opportunity to partner with nearly every entity across campus in order to advance the institution’s mission and goals, to build community by uniting disparate groups around a common purpose, and to call attention to the library’s unique ability to facilitate campus-wide collaboration. More specifically, the IR can play an important role in recruiting new students, strengthening institutional engagement among alumni, enhancing partnerships with the surrounding community, and more. But to come to fruition, these possibilities require strong, collaborative partnerships between the library and the rest of campus – partnerships developed by thoughtful, imaginative outreach efforts tailored to the institutional culture. This workshop will consider how the IR can help support the institution’s mission and vision, brainstorm ideas for working with a wide variety of academic and co-curricular departments and offices, explore how to organize and structure outreach efforts in order to foster teamwork and generate buy-in, and discuss the value of highlighting successful ventures as a means to create even more collaborations in the future.