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Starting, Strengthening and Managing Institutional Repositories: A How-To-Do-It Manual
Jonathan A. Nabe
Item Number: 978-1-55570-689-0
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $93.00
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169 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-689-0
Year Published: 2009

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From planning to promoting and everything in between, this new How-To-Do-It Manual fills the need for a book focused on managing your institutional repository (IR). Author Jonathan Nabe covers every aspect of IR development in detail, and the book’s clear and logical organization makes it valuable as a cover-to-cover read or for consulting as a reference.

Following an in-depth look into IR uses, benefits, and management practices, there is start-to-finish guidance covering:

• the librarian’s role in IR implementation
• planning, budgeting, and staffing
• commercial and open source platforms
• policy-writing
• marketing techniques
• collection development and expansion
• use and assessment

An experienced IR coordinator himself, Nabe also includes real-life examples of IR development from respected academic libraries including Cornell University, Colorado State University, and Macalester College. Each one offers expert advice and best practices that you can replicate in your own project.

Whether you are an IR newcomer looking for help at every step of the way, or an experienced coordinator seeking to expand the size and use of your existing IR, this truly unique resource will be an invaluable addition to your professional collection.

"This is a very handy book that is packed with good information and advice for anyone to immediately put into action and also refer to as needed …. Even though information and development related to software and computer hardware changes quickly, the information in this book is, nearly two years later, still relevant and useful. The author covers all the significant planning, marketing, and policy issues and includes a review of concerns associated with use, expansion, and assessment of IRs."
--Catholic Library World

"Nabe's scholarly reference for larger systems of communication is a welcome addition ... By filling a gap in early literature on IRs, this two-part volume guide librarians on how to go about implementing IR plans for their respective institutions....I would recommend that information providers consider this instructive, practical, and timely reference guide an essential title on their bookshelf." 
--Archival Issues

"I recommend this book … for any library specializing in archives, and archives that have libraries or plan to create digital repositories. Library schools must have a copy of this book."
--Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services

"Nabe's excellent work presents the reader with an outline of information on institutional repositories and gives several examples of institutions that have implemented them … Nabe's writing styles is accessible and readable, yet he is also thoroughly professional and articulate, which makes this manual enjoyable and enlightening to read."
--Journal of the Medical Library Association

"A very strongly recommended addition to community and college library science collections."
--Library Bookwatch

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