Quickly following what many expected to be a wholesale revolution in library practices, many institutional repositories encountered unforeseen problems and a surprising lack of impact. Clunky or cumbersome interfaces, lack of value and use by scholars, fear of copyright infringement and the like tended to dampen excitement and adoption. Libraries that have repositories, and those considering whether or not to take the plunge, are asking a number of questions we hope to address and discuss.
This lively lunch discussion will address four particular topics that are constant areas of focus for institutional repositories:
1. Choosing a Platform
2. Setting Policies
3. Recruiting and Creating Content
4. Measuring Success
Topics and themes that will be discussed at this lively lunch will mirror an upcoming Charleston Insights Series publication that is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2015 Charleston Conference. Audience members will have likely experienced some of these concerns, so we expect them to join our lively discussion with questions and comments. Participants will walk away with an enhanced understanding of how to launch IRs, how the role of the IR has evolved, and what are some of the possible future directions of IRs.