Presentation on theme: "The Librarian as Repository Manager David Kane Systems Librarian Waterford Institute of Technology."— Presentation transcript:
The Librarian as Repository Manager David Kane Systems Librarian Waterford Institute of Technology
Stucture of this Presentation My Background The Changing Role of The Library History of WIT Repository The Main Challenge Previous Promotional Efforts Current Promotional Efforts Related Projects
How did I end up doing this? Undergraduate degree: Zoology Postgrad. Diploma: ‘Internet Systems Development’ – D.I.T. Worked in the web development industry Later; DLIS – Aberystwyth (MILS pending) WIT Libraries
My View of The Changing Library In the past: Historically, a place for storing and preserving information Today: More information outside library walls than inside Great challenge for Librarians
How the WIT Repository Happened 2007 – Set up – Dell PowerEdge 2900 – Custom Design – LDAP Integration
Repository Benefits Open Access to research is about making research freely accessible, to all humanity. Permanently. Increase in citation count Accessible to those who can’t afford journal subscriptions It undermines a 350 year old publishing model 97% Green!
The Major Challenge Academics are: – Comfortable with tried and tested forms of scholarly communication – Comfortable with their colleagues in the same speciality – They already have their ‘social’ networks
Promotion Efforts Emails Information Sessions Flyers Video Institutional Website – Repository Linkage Twitter Data entry (and quite a bit of perspiration!)
Current Promotion Focus Looking for ways to involve the research office more closely.... Gathering of references from institute staff Creation of a repository blog ( http://repository.wit.ie/blog )http://repository.wit.ie/blog Institutional Open Access Mandate
Open Access Mandates in Ireland The 5 Major Research Funding Bodies: IRCSET SFI HEA HRB (position statement) IRHCSS (under discussion) Academic Institutions: DIT WIT (hopefully)
ResearchScope : A novel way to improve the visibility of Irish Open Access Research
Purpose Improve the findability of Irish Open Access research on the Web. Add an element of serendipity to repository records, in the metadata pages of repositories. Made possible with additional code that generates keyword-relationships between different records.
ResearchScope is A modified implemetation of PKP’s Harvester2 http://researchscope.net/
The harvesting of Metadata Research- Scope Repository
is followed by generation of keyword relationships, and then Research- Scope Repository
the return of value added data Research- Scope Repository
in the form of links Research- Scope Repository
more inward pointing links = higher search ranking in Google Repository
The links can actually appear at the bottom of each record in any of the repositories, and connect to similar research in the same, or other repositories. There is evidence that ‘real’, keyword-rich links are the best kind in terms of getting a favourable search engine ranking
90% of the papers in your repository will have no links pointing to them. Therefore, with a lower ‘page rank’, they are less likely to be found by researchers. ResearchScope breaks this cycle.
Inward pointing links = higher search ranking in Google Let’s see this in action…