Institutional Repositories and Usage: Thoughts on Realized and Potential Value
Jones, W. Reed
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Column description. The Future Voices in Public Services column is a forum for graduate students in library and information science programs to discuss key issues in academic library public services, to envision what they feel librarians in public service have to offer to academia, to tell us their visions for the profession, or to share research being conducted in library schools. We hope to provide fresh perspectives from those entering our field, in both the United States and other countries. W. Reed Jones is a Master’s student in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University at Buffalo. In this essay, he analyzes three issues relating to the adoption and effective use of institutional repositories: potential impact of the material, interest in submitting materials to the repository, and the efficacy with which materials are available and accessible in the repository. He argues that institutional repositories should continue to focus on collecting both published and unpublished materials, and can also play a significant role in dataset storage and management within institutions.