Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Paul Royster

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Article in submission to OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, special issue on institutional repositories.


The institutional repository (hereafter IR) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (hereafter UNL) began operations July 1, 2005. At the close of our first year we had mounted 2,397 articles, which had been downloaded 58,743 times; the dissertations collection included 10,117 theses, which had been downloaded 34,862 times. We currently average around 2,000 hits and 700 downloads per day. Usage increases as the semester progresses, and falls during the Christmas break and during the summer. In addition to the various wildlife damage conference proceedings, we had mounted extensive backfiles of the Journal of Parasitology, and the proceedings of the People of Color at Predominantly White Institutions conferences. Over 400 faculty members were represented as authors; and we had assembled significant collections of materials in physics, astronomy, textiles, quilt studies, psychology, family and consumer science, agricultural economics, English, modern languages, classics, religious studies, natural resources, mammalogy, entomology, ornithology, invertebrate zoology, materials and nanoscience, architecture, community and regional planning, and chemical engineering. We also have materials in women’s studies, mechanical engineering, music, political science, journalism, mathematics, chemistry, history, geoscience, and zoonotics.