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Conference Proceeding


This presentation was given at the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, November 17-19, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. It was part of the Campus Publishing Strategies panel presentations and discussion session.


Institutional repositories are more than just a place to deposit faculty pre-prints, post-print, and OA articles. IRs offer colleges and universities an opportunity to showcase student senior theses, award winning papers, and student peer-reviewed journals. We have also found that IRs can provide a means of distributing campus publications in an open access environment. What began as a solution for managing student honor theses has expanded to include three student peer-reviewed journals, a campus alumni publication, and the entire series of publications for our Institute for Global Citizenship. Using the bepress software in DigitalCommons, the Macalester College library has taken on an expanding role in providing a platform for disseminating campus publications.

Our presentation focuses on our work in promoting, populating, and now publishing in a small liberal arts college environment. We discuss planning, policy, and sustainability issues. We begin by sharing our experiences in providing open access for student honor theses and some of the challenges we encountered as well as challenges in developing policies that were mindful of copyright both for the student authors and for potential users. We will discuss how our efforts to populate our institutional repository, led to discovering new opportunities to work with faculty on student peer reviewed publications which led to the collaboration in publishing a traditionally print journal in our open access environment. These efforts led to the development of a born-digital journal, Studies in Mediterranean Antiquities and Classics. We have continued to expand the collections culminating in posting the entire collection of journals for the Institute of Global Citizenship as a result of our Digital Project Manager articulating the benefits of OA.

In addition to providing insights to our challenges and small successes, increasing visibility for campus publications with successful results will be demonstrated with some brief statistics. We hope to demonstrate that our underlying philosophy is that one of the new roles for academic libraries of all sizes will be to become a publisher on campus. Our presentation will provide a roadmap for others who are in the initial stages of exploring the development of an institutional repository.



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