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Staffing and Workflow of a Maturing Institutional Repository


Debora L Madsen ,

Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 66506
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Jenny K Oleen

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Kansas State University
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Institutional repositories (IRs) have become established components of many academic libraries. As an IR matures it will face the challenge of how to scale up its operations to increase the amount and types of content archived. These challenges involve staffing, systems, workflows, and promotion. In the past eight years, Kansas State University’s IR (K-REx) has grown from a platform for student theses, dissertations, and reports to also include faculty works. The initial workforce of a single faculty member was expanded as a part of a library-wide reorganization, resulting in a cross-departmental team that is better able to accommodate the expansion of the IR. The resultant need to define staff responsibilities and develop resources to manage the workflows has led to the innovations described here, which may prove useful to the greater library community as other IRs mature.
How to Cite: Madsen, D.L. and Oleen, J.K., 2013. Staffing and Workflow of a Maturing Institutional Repository. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 1(3), p.eP1063. DOI:
Published on 28 Feb 2013.
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