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A Primer on How to Launch an Institutional Repository Successfully
Libraries Faculty Research
  • Larry Sheret, Marshall University
  • Thomas L. Walker, II, Marshall University
  • Gretchen Rae Beach, Marshall University
  • Jingping Zhang, Marshall University
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This is a case study about the implementation of an institutional repository (IR) at Marshall University. Libraries have always collected information from a worldwide marketplace and have disseminated these resources locally. The IR has created a new function for the library by making it practical to acquire locally developed resources and to disseminate them freely worldwide. This has altered the traditional role of librarians and suggests a broader set of implications for the future usefulness and relevancy of the IR as doors open to new partnerships that will strengthen the university and the library’s place within it.

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Sheret, Larry, Thomas Walker, Gretchen Beach, and Jingping Zhang. “A Primer on How to Launch an Institutional Repository Successfully.” The Charleston Advisor 16, no. 3 (2015): 48-55.