Discovering the information needs of humanists when planning an institutional repository

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Abstract

Through in-person interviews with humanities faculty members, this study examines what information needs are expressed by humanities scholars that an institutional repository (IR) can address. It also asks what concerns humanists have about IRs, and whether there is a repository model other than an institutional one that better suits how they work. Humanists make relatively low use of existing IRs, but this research indicates that an institutional repository can offer services to humanities faculty that are desired by them, especially the digitization, online storage, curation, and sharing of their research materials and publications. If presented in terms that make sense to humanities faculty, and designed consciously with their needs and concerns in mind, an IR can be of real benefit to their teaching, scholarship, collaborations, and publishing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalD-Lib Magazine
Volume17
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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