Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Institutional Digital Repositories (IDRs) throughout the World are at a critical point in their development. The barriers are multifaceted and derive from the different stakeholders such as organization, funding body, publishers, users, academicians, administrators, and the governmental policies. The problems that have been identified after reviewing existing literatures are basically three folds viz. technical (hardware, software, open standard), non-technical (administrative, policy issue) and cultural (social acceptance, advocacy and promotion etc). The main objective of the study is to discuss several key parameters that are required to be considered before developing institute-specific IDR. Here, the following four issues viz. advocacy and promotion, content recruitment, content quality, copyrights and licensing included in cultural part have been discussed.