Building Towards Critical Mass Promoting the USU Digital Commons to researchers and students. Prepared by: Andrew Wesolek May, 2011
Some Benefits of the IR: The intellectual capital of the institution is centralized and accessible Enhances institutional prestige Demonstrates institutional value Enhances intellectual freedom
If you build it, they will come… <ul><li>Three reasons for faculty resistance: </li></ul>Perception that self-archiving will eat into research and writing time. Language barriers Copyright issues http://www.asianjobportal.com/2009/01/are-you-over-worked/ http://phenomenologyftw.wordpress.com /
A two-pronged approach: Faculty Community Critical Mass!
First: Incentivize! Develop departmental-based reward system Provide usage statistics to individuals Integrate existing personal websites Collaborate with other institutional repositories so an authors work is more findable
Second: Add value and educate Eliminate self-archiving Build relationships with researchers Establish an institutional policy
How to promote use? Two themes: Raise awareness Harness school spirit
Additional Methods: In-library displays to promote new publications via the IR Create physical displays for use in departmental offices Become part of the digital landscape!
Keys to reaching Critical Mass: Incentivize contributions to the IR Build relationships with researchers Promote, promote, promote! Harness school spirit http://slideshare.net/awesolek2