The Evolving Institutional Repository Landscape: Sustaining the Repository

Sponsored by Taylor & Francis

Recorded on 05/30/2018
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 46

In this final episode of our four-part series on the evolution of institutional repositories, our guests talk about how they not only sustain engagement with their IRs, but grow it as well. A key driver of success is relationships. Partnerships with faculty and students are, of course, crucial, but Illinois Wesleyan’s Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Utah State University’s Dylan Burns both describe how they target entities such as admissions and university communications to help expand the circle of repository influencers. They also put the time in for personal connections with individuals, which is also important to expanding the repository’s promotional network. Stephanie and Dylan also talk about how they’ve kept the IR mission purposefully broad in scope to accommodate a range of content types and the communities it serves.


Judy Luther

Professionally active in the scholarly publishing community, she is frequently found in meetings that focus on industry initiatives and emerging topics. She co-led the NISO Working Group that created SERU (Shared Electronic Resources Understanding) and initiated the Juried Product Development Forums for the Charleston Conference.

A Past President for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), and a chef in the Scholarly Kitchen. She serves on the editorial boards of UKSG Insight, Journal of Electronic Publishing, The Charleston Advisor, Against the Grain, and Learned Publishing. Judy has an Executive MBA (Emory University) and an MLS (Florida State University).

Dylan Burns

Dylan is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library, where he provides research support for the Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies department, and helps undergraduate and faculty scholars make their research available in an online, open access format. He also teaches research skills and supports research assignments in the classroom.

Stephanie Davis-Kahl

Stephanie Davis-Kahl is the Scholarly Communications Librarian and Professor at The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University. She provides leadership for scholarly communication programs, including Digital Commons @ IWU. She is the liaison to the Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Educational Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Design, Entrepreneurship & Technology departments at IWU, and serves as the Managing Faculty Co-Editor of the Undergraduate Economic Review. She earned her BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and her MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2014, she was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and was also awarded the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section Distinguished Librarian Award.


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