Skip to Main Content
Banner Image

Islands of Information: Maximizing Research Visibility in a Digital World: Home

Materials for the FACRL-2014 panel presentation on institutional repositories.

Contact Information

Keri Baker
Oceanographic Center Librarian I
Nova Southeastern University
Oceanographic Center
800 N. Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004
954.262.3643 (phone)

Sandy Hawes
Online Services Librarian/Assoc. Professor
Saint Leo University
Cannon Memorial Library--MC2128
PO Box 6665
St. Leo, FL 33574-6665
1.352.588.8262 (phone)
1.352.467.1902 (text)

Sarah Norris
Technical Services Librarian
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
New College of Florida & USF Sarasota-Manatee
5800 Bay Short Road
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109
1.941.487.4313 (phone)
1.941.487.4307 (FAX)

Katie McCormick
Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections & Archives
Florida State University
Strozier Library
116 Honors Way, Rm 305A
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2047
850.644.6167 (phone)

Katie, Keri, and Sandy at FACRL

Katie McCormick, Keri Baker, and Sandy Hawes at FACRL-2014

left to right: Katie McCormick, Keri Baker, and Sandy Hawes at FACRL-2014

Islands of Information: Maximizing Research Visibility in a Digital World

This libguide accompanies the 24Oct2014 FACRL presentation by Keri Baker (Nova Southeastern University), Sandra Hawes (Saint Leo University), Katie McCormick (Florida State University), and Sarah Norris (New College of Florida).

Panelists present a continuum of perspectives, from academic libraries of different types and sizes, on developing and implementing institutional repositories (IRs) and digital scholarship programs:

  1. planning for implementation (S. Hawes),
  2. implementing an initial project (K. Baker),
  3. merging/managing, funding/sustaining projects (S. Norris), and,
  4. developing a digital scholarship framework (K. McCormick).

Panelists address such issues as intra-departmental collaboration, alignment with existing digital projects, and achieving and sustaining institutional buy-in from administrators, faculty, and student researchers for the benefit of the wider scholarly community.

The presentation prompts further questions:

  1. What is the role of digital scholarship in our work and institutions?
  2. Where and how can different institutions begin?
  3. Are we seeing a necessary collaboration or a fundamental change in how we see and use digital and archival assets?
  4. Are digital and real objects the same except for format?
  5. What are the "best practices" for IRs?
  6. What outside funding sources, such as grants, might be utilized?
  7. What is involved in a strategic plan for implementing and maintaining IRs?
  8. What are some of the open source solutions in consortial environments available for your project proposal and are they really "free"?