Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Paul Royster

Date of this Version



Presented at "Collecting for Digital Repositories: New Ways to Disseminate and Share Information," American Library Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 12, 2009. Co-sponsored by ACRL EBSS E-Resources in Communication Studies Committee and ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee


Summary of collection strategies at UNL:
Be inclusive, not exclusive
Be proactive, even aggressively so
Think of the global audience
Everything open access
Everything full-text
Ample metadata—especially abstracts
Utilize work-study students
Link back to your site
Give depositors feedback — publishers don't
Measure, measure, measure, . . .

The "document" is a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides plus the spoken text; the PowerPoint file itself is attached (below) as an additional file.

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ROYSTER Collecting for Digital Repositories.pptx (8593 kB)
PowerPoint presentation (63 slides)