Building a Framework for IR Success: A Case Study on the Development of ValpoScholar at Valparaiso University



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When the Valparaiso Libraries launched ValpoScholar in March of 2011, the management of the IR fell within the "other duties as assigned" component of librarian Jon Bull's position. As of fall 2014, the repository has grown to over 4,000 open access objects that have attracted over 1,100,00 visits from more than 135 countries. Today, Professor Bull serves as the Scholarly Communications Services Librarian , manages several part-time students and staff, and spends nearly two-thirds of his time developing scholarly communications support, including the campus's IR. ValpoScholar is now a service recognized by offices across campus, and is considered an essential tool in supporting the university's increased research focus and global visibility goals.

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


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