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ItemAll change: the ever evolving Institutional Repository at the University of MelbourneFERNANDO, BERNADINE ; GIBSON, DAINA ( 2007)Institutional repositories are becoming prevalent in academic libraries as the location for storing theses, research publications, learning objects and other grey literature. This paper will provide brief background information on the history, the role and growth of open access Institutional Repositories and, in particular, will concentrate on the University of Melbourne’s repository. The paper will touch upon the origin and changes that it has gone through and its links to the Australasian Digital Theses (ADT) Program. It will also discuss issues for academic involvement, copyright, the Research Quality Framework (RQF) and the benefits of depositing, such as increased citation rates and linking with the University’s Themis Enterprise Management tool. In order to raise the profile and the citation rate of the University of Melbourne’s research community, the Vice-Chancellor has strongly encouraged researchers to deposit research output into the University of Melbourne ePrint Repository (UMER). This has resulted in new skills development and a change in workflows for institutional repository staff. We shall mainly speak about the role of the members of the institutional repository staff, the workflow implications, and how workflow is managed day to day. To meet the University’s priorities and timelines, flexibility and time management are essential. We shall also discuss the interaction needed outside our own team, and the positive feedback and conversations with authors and colleagues. As this is an ever evolving and fast moving field, the paper will reflect on where we are now; however, because of the impact of the RQF, the University of Melbourne's strategic plan, and the implication of new repository software, changes are to be expected.
ItemInnovations in Electronic Delivery of Scholarly Information: Will the E-Print Replace the Scholarly Journal?GARNER, JM ; HORWOOD, LM ; SULLIVAN, SA (Information Specialists Division, Australian Library & Information Association, 2001)
ItemEprints@MelbourneGARNER, JANE ; HORWOOD, LYNNE ; SULLIVAN, SHIRLEY ( 2003)In 2002, the University of Melbourne Information Division established a repository for research papers authored by University academics. The effort forms part of a world wide endeavour to share scholarly literature via eprint repositories. The repository uses eprints.org software and is compliant with the protocols of the Open Archives Initiative to ensure interoperability with major worldwide eprint initiatives. Academics within the Faculty of Economics and Commerce were the initial target group of contributors as they have an existing culture of digital distribution of draft research papers. The paper provides a brief overview of the relevant literature, discusses the benefits of an institutional repository, outlines the methods used to gain academic support and involvement in the project and gives a current state of play of the repository of the University of Melbourne in terms of its usage and content coverage. The paper will complement Establishing an eprint repository at the University of Melbourne: implementation aspects by Eve Young and Shirley Sullivan.