Stephen Dew : The Institutional Repository for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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The Institutional Repository for
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Stephen Dew
Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator

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Stephen Dew : The Institutional Repository for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  1. 1. <ul><li>NC DOCKS </li></ul><ul><li>The Institutional Repository for </li></ul><ul><li>The University of North Carolina at Greensboro </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Dew </li></ul><ul><li>Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator </li></ul>
  2. 2. NC DOCKS <ul><li>The software for NC DOCKS was developed by the information technology staff in the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro </li></ul><ul><li>NC DOCKS is a repository of electronic copies of faculty works, as well as electronic theses and dissertations, from five institutions in the University of North Carolina System: UNC Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State University, and East Carolina University </li></ul><ul><li>NC DOCKS was launched in November 2008, followed by a promotional campaign to faculty during the spring of 2009 </li></ul>
  3. 3. NC DOCKS Content <ul><li>Faculty voluntarily contribute their works -- there is no mandate </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily peer-reviewed journal articles, but NC DOCKS also includes book reviews, chapters, editorials, proceedings, technical reports, audio, video, and more </li></ul><ul><li>About 200 faculty have archived their works in NC DOCKS (over 20 percent of the faculty) </li></ul><ul><li>Theses and Dissertations are the only student work included and are automatically added at the end of each semester </li></ul>
  4. 4. NC DOCKS Process <ul><li>Faculty email lists of their publications to Stephen Dew </li></ul><ul><li>Library staff check each journal title and verify whether or not the publisher allows archiving in institutional repositories (SHERPA RoMEO website or email requests to the publisher) </li></ul><ul><li>When possible, electronic copies of the works are obtained from the author, and if the author has no electronic copy, other methods are used (scanning of print copies, interlibrary loan for an e-copy, etc.) </li></ul>
  5. 5. UNCG Statistics for NC DOCKS <ul><li>1,000 faculty works were added in 2009 1,500 faculty works were added in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 2,500 faculty works in NC DOCKS </li></ul><ul><li>There are almost 1,000 electronic theses & dissertations </li></ul><ul><li>Since it was launched two years ago, the works in NC DOCKS have been viewed a total of over 80,000 times </li></ul><ul><li>The number one viewed work has been viewed over 600 times </li></ul>
  6. 6. Faculty Benefits <ul><li>Each work is archived permanently on a stable server, and it has a URL that will never break (personal Web pages can change and will eventually disappear). </li></ul><ul><li>Each work will be discoverable for researchers worldwide through Internet search engines like Google and Google Scholar , which crawl institutional repositories and provide preferential keyword access to the full-text. </li></ul><ul><li>Google and other Internet search engines are primary discovery tools for a vast number of researchers throughout the world </li></ul>
  7. 7. Faculty Benefits <ul><li>As a result of this discoverability and free access to the text, articles that are posted in institutional repositories tend to be read by more scholars and cited more frequently. </li></ul><ul><li>NC DOCKS automatically generates and updates statistics on how often works have been viewed </li></ul><ul><li>On each author’s page, with the list of his or her publications, the number of times each work has been viewed appears next to the title </li></ul>
  8. 12. Discoverability the Traditional Way <ul><li>Traditionally, in order to discover scholarly articles on any subject, a researcher would need to have access to scholarly databases, indexes, and other discovery tools that a university or institution paid for. </li></ul>
  9. 14. Discoverability with NC DOCKS <ul><li>There is a world full of researchers, practitioners, and other individuals who would be interested in our faculty’s research, but they do not have access to the databases and indexes typically provided by a university or other research institution </li></ul><ul><li>However, anyone in the world with a computer and an Internet connection has access to Google and other search engines, and they can discover our faculty’s works through simple keyword searches </li></ul>
  10. 21. Primary Benefit for Faculty <ul><li>Discoverability </li></ul><ul><li>Works are discovered more </li></ul><ul><li>Works are read more </li></ul><ul><li>Works are cited more </li></ul>
  11. 22. NC DOCKS Discoverability & Success <ul><li>Statistics show that faculty works in NC DOCKS are being discovered by significant numbers of researchers using Internet search engines </li></ul><ul><li>For UNC Greensboro, that is prime proof that NC DOCKS is succeeding in fulfilling its primary purpose – to showcase faculty works to the world and make them more discoverable </li></ul>