This is a case study about the implementation of an institutional repository (IR) at Marshall University. Libraries have always collected information from a worldwide marketplace and have disseminated these resources locally. The IR has created a new function for the library by making it practical to acquire locally developed resources and to disseminate them freely worldwide. This has altered the traditional role of librarians and suggests a broader set of implications for the future usefulness and relevancy of the IR as doors open to new partnerships that will strengthen the university and the library’s place within it.
Sheret, Larry, Thomas Walker, Gretchen Beach, and Jingping Zhang. “A Primer on How to Launch an Institutional Repository Successfully.” The Charleston Advisor 16, no. 3 (2015): 48-55.