VALA2010 Session 3 Kingsley

VALA20120The advocacy and awareness imperative: a repository overview

VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 3 – Repositories
Tuesday 9 February 2010, 10:50 – 11:20
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperDanny Kingsley

Manager, Scholarly Communication and ePublishing, Australian National University

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Populating institutional repositories poses a significant challenge. This paper provides an assessment of awareness and advocacy techniques that have been used in established institutional repositories in Australia and internationally. In summary, a repository policy is essential. Mandates work better than simply recommending repository use. It helps to make depositing as easy as possible and sort out copyright, by providing staff to work with the academics. Contacting academics individually is more effective than printed publicity material. The repository is more useful to the academic if it relates to their regular workflow.