This article reports on the archival implications of the 2006 Census of Institutional Repositories in the United States1 and follow-up interviews with the developers of institutional repositories in selected colleges and universities. The findings indicate that archivists generally play a quiet but persistent role in institutional repositories, and archival and special collections materials are a major source of content in institutional repositories. Institutional repositories (IRs) are becoming an extension of the institutional repository (archives). Still, a great deal of uncertainty surrounds preservation in IRs, and a potential, albeit currently unfilled, role for the archivist exists in providing digital preservation expertise for the IR.
Institutional Repositories and the Institutional Repository: College and University Archives and Special Collections in an Era of Change
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Elizabeth Yakel, Soo Rieh, Beth St. Jean, Karen Markey, Jihyun Kim; Institutional Repositories and the Institutional Repository: College and University Archives and Special Collections in an Era of Change. The American Archivist 1 September 2008; 71 (2): 323–349. doi: https://doi.org/10.17723/aarc.71.2.c7t344q22u736lr2
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