Building a Framework for IR Success: A Case Study on the Development of Scholar Commons at the University of South Florida



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Located in Tampa Bay on Florida’s west coast, the University of South Florida (USF) is one of the largest public universities in the nation. It is classified as being in the top tier of research universities by the Carnegie Foundations for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction attained by only two point three percent of all universities.

In 2007, the University of South Florida Libraries began supporting open access journals using bepress’s journal management software. In late 2010 the library launched Scholar Commons, USF’s institutional repository and publishing system built on the Digital Commons platform. Housed under the USF Libraries Academic Resources, Scholar Commons quickly took off. Scholar Commons is now an integrated, high-profile service of the library that contributes significantly to the support of open access publishing at USF and in higher education overall.

This paper is a summary case study on the development, launch, staffing, and ongoing management of the University of South Florida’s thriving repository and publishing program.


For additional advice and best practices, see Building a Framework for IR Succes: A Roadmap.