Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

April 2012


Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication


Traditionally, academic libraries have held the responsibility of housing, disseminating, and preserving the scholarly output of their universities. These materials, including but not limited to student dissertations and theses, as well as faculty publications were--and still are-- primarily held in the libraries’ archives and special collections departments. With the unstoppable march of bits and bites, academic libraries experience an increasingly strong push towards preserving digital records of scholarly output in electronic Institutional Repositories (IR). While undeniably an exciting and versatile invention, the establishment and management of an IR can at the same time be an intimidating endeavor.Over the course of the discussion session, the co-managers of the San Jose State University Institutional Repository shared their experiences on select IR issues, and invited the attendees of the session to discuss their own experiences and share innovative ideas, thoughts, and concerns.