Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age

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Research Paper

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Librarians from the University of Georgia Law Library and University of Maryland Law Library discuss their experiences implementing Digital Commons' institutional repository product. Issues discussed include:

- Creating a business plan to persuade law school administrators to establish an institutional repository --effect of open access on citation rates, distinguishing Digital Commons from SSRN.

- Obtaining content for the repository -- promoting the repository, building buy-in from contributors, establishing content policies, determining types of materials to be included in the repository, self-archiving versus mediated archiving

- Copyright permissions -- appending supplemental language to publication agreements, SHERPA/roMEO, keeping track of copyright permissions, developing a decision flowchart for copyright permissions

- Expanding the institutional repository -- liaising with other law school departments, sharing an institutional repository