- Branin, J. 2005. Institutional repositories . In M. A. Drake (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Second ed., Vol. 2005: 237-248. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
If you know nothing about a topic, an encyclopedia article is always a great place to start so here is your starting place for IRs. Branin traces IRs to the Knowledge Management movement of the 1990s. He gives easy-to-understand explanations of the many technical trends, developments, and standards, e.g., OAIS, OAI-PMH, METs, SCRORM, etc., that have made IRs technically possible in such a short period of time. He describes the culture of sharing that was necessary to get early projects such as arXiv, Public Library of Science, dSpace, etc., off the ground. Branin concludes with the many unsolved questions about IRs such as collection development, information policy, system administration, and costs.
- Lynch, C. A. 2003, February. Institutional repositories: Essential infrastructure for scholarship in the Digital Age . ARL Bimonthly Report, 226: 1-7.
The definition of IRs that Lynch gives in this paper is cited repeatedly in the published literature. Lynch expresses his viewpoint regarding the extent to which IRs are likely to derail the current publishing model.
- Pelizzari, E. 2005. Opinions, research, and analysis: Harvesting for disseminating: Open archives and the role of academic libraries. The Acquisitions Librarian, 17(33/34): 35-51.
You must know about OAI (Open Archives Initiative) to understand IRs. This is an easy-to-read, non-technical overview of OAI.
- Gibbons, S. 2004. Establishing an institutional repository. Library Technology Reports, 40(4).
Library Technology Reports is always a trusted source of reviews of available software packages. This 2004 LTR issue covers IR software.
- Chan, L. 2004. Supporting and enhancing scholarship in the Digital Age: The role of open-access institutional repositories . Canadian Journal of Communication, 29: 277-300.
Here is a rather balanced account of how IRs have the potential to derail the current publishing model.
- Crow, R. 2002. The case for institutional repositories: A SPARC position paper .
Crow is quite vehement in his argument for how IRs can derail the current publishing model.
- Shearer, K. 2002, September. A guide to setting-up an institutional repository, Vol. 2005.
The title says it all.
- Barton, M. R., & Waters, M. M. 2004-2005. Creating an institutional repository: LEADIRS workbook , Vol. 2005: MIT Libraries.
Here is another guide to setting up an IR from the UK perspective.
- Lynch, C. A., & Lippincott, J. K. 2005. Institutional repository deployment in the United States as of early 2005 . D-Lib Magazine, 11(9).
To our knowledge, this is only survey of IR deployment in the U.S. to date. Soon findings from ARL’s survey will be published. Soon findings from our MIRCLE Project’s survey will be published.
- Foster, N. F., & Gibbons, S. 2005. Understanding faculty to improve content recruitment for institutional repositories . D-Lib Magazine, 11(1).
Getting faculty to contribute to an IR is difficult. Foster & Gibbons tell why. Then they describe their unique, fresh, and innovative approach to encouraging faculty participation.