The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services.
The report, “The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services,” identifies key issues surrounding repository development, explores common strategies that libraries are using, analyzes relevant environmental trends, discusses issues where ARL and its member libraries should focus attention, and recommends the following actions for research libraries to undertake:
Build a range of new kinds of partnerships and alliances, both within institutions and between institutions.
Base service-development strategies on substantive assessment of local needs rather than blindly replicating work done at another institution.
Engage with key local policy issues and stakeholders to encourage institutional engagement with national and international policy issues.
Develop outreach and marketing strategies that assist “early adopters” of repositories to connect with the developing repository-related service system.
Define a scope of responsibility to guide the development of repository services for varied forms of content.
The report focuses on repository services generally, rather than concentrating on repository technologies or content. Repository services include services to authors, contributors, and users, particularly of university-created content. Some examples of repository services provided by research libraries include long-term archiving and migration of content, dissemination and access management, metadata and format management, search and discovery tools, publishing, data mining, etc. Illustrations drawn from a variety of digital repositories are used throughout the report.
The task force notes that, due to repository services’ powerful potential to enable key work and enhance the effectiveness of functions across the research enterprise, research institutions cannot afford to do without such services, even in difficult economic times. Researchers and scholars with access to a spectrum of repository services possess a substantial advantage in conducting cutting-edge research, delivering high-quality teaching, and contributing valuable services to society. Libraries have key strengths and missions requiring them to undertake various roles in repository service development. This report presents a fresh perspective on the digital repository environment and is intended to inspire ARL member libraries and others to assess their views and plans for service development.
The report is freely available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/repository-services-report.pdf.
Author: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Digital Repository Issues Task Force.
If you are the author of this material and wish to have it removed, please contact us.