Dorothea rightly challenged me for not including a service vision in my post on repository goals and vision. I do have something like a vision, but I wouldn't say that it's quite where it needs to be yet. That said, I said I would post it, so I am.
What are the services needed around a repository?
- Identification and acquisition of valuable content
- You can't wait for content to come to you – research what’s going on in the departments and at the University, and initiate a dialog.
- Digital collections must also come from the Library and other University units – University Archives, Museums, etc.
- Consulting Services
- Advise on intellectual property and contract/licensing issues for scholarly output.
- Assistance in preparing files for deposit, creating or converting metadata, and in the actual deposit process.
- Easy-to-use discovery interface with full-text searching and browse.
- Instruction for community on how to find and use and cite content.
- Make the content shareable via Open Archives Initiative (OAI).
- Promotion and Marketing
- Build awareness of the high cost of scholarly journals, and that we are buying back our own institutional scholarship.
- Promote the value of building sustainable digital collections – preservation is more than just backing up files.
- Promote the goals of the Open Access movement, including managed, free online access and a focus on improved visibility and impact.
- Show faculty that they can build personal and community archives.
- Market repository building services that will enable the institution to build a body of digital content.
- Market the repository as a content resource and a venue that increases the visibility of the institution.