Baiting the Hook: Generating Faculty Interest and Excitement in Institutional Repositories

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Many repository managers have lamented the lack of faculty interest and participation in institutional repositories. Digital Repository @ Iowa State University has experienced the opposite - Iowa State's faculty have been so excited about the repository, there is a large backlog of materials waiting to be deposited. Two years after its launch, the repository holds over 14,000 items, including publications and other works authored by over 200 contributing faculty members. This presentation describes outreach done by the Digital Repository Coordinator, which has consisted primarily of presentations to individual departments, research centers and other campus units. These presentations, uniquely tailored to each audience, anticipate faculty concerns and needs, address university-wide priorities and leverages the Digital Commons Network to generate excitement among faculty.