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The prospects of open access repositories
Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects (2013)
  • Karen Calhoun, Cornell University Library

This preprint of chapter 8 of Exploring Digital Libraries focuses on the potential of open access repositories for having a distinctive positive impact on scholarship and, more broadly, on their prospects for increasing the social and economic value of digital libraries. In addition to extending chapter 4’s discussion of open access repositories into new territory, it relates the frameworks presented in chapters 6 and 7 to this particular type of digital library. Topics include subject-based and institutional repositories and their value; issues around recruiting repository content, including deposit mandates; legal frameworks, copyright and open access; discipline-specific norms, practices and reward systems; the discoverability of scholarly content; sustainability of repositories; e-research data management; and prospects for the emergence of a global ecosystem of repositories.

This preprint's final and definitive form was co-published in Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects by Facet Publishing (2014) and ALA Neal-Schuman (2014).

  • self-archiving,
  • user-centered design,
  • discoverability
Publication Date
September 16, 2013
Karen Calhoun
Citation Information
Calhoun, Karen. “The prospects of open access repositories.” Preprint of chapter 8, submitted 16 September 2013. In Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects.