Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Accepted for publication in Open Praxis, Open Access: Digital Scholarship in Action, ed. Darren Chase & Dana Haugh (ALA Editions, 2019).


Copyright (c) 2019 Paul Royster. Non-commercial re-use is permitted.


The 13-year history of the institutional repository (IR) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is recounted with emphasis on local conditions, administrative support, recruitment practices, and management philosophy. Practices included offering new services, hosting materials outside the conventional tenure stream, using student employees, and providing user analytics on global dissemination. Acquiring trust of faculty depositors enhanced recruitment and extra-library support. Evolution of policies on open access, copyright, metadata, and third-party vendors are discussed, with statistics illustrating the growth, contents, and outreach of the repository over time. A final section discusses future directions for scholarly communications and IRs in particular.