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Monday, September 03, 2007

New book on IRs and OA

Chandos Publishing in Oxford has just published Catherine Jones, Institutional Repositories: Content and Culture in an Open Access Environment (Chandos, August 14, 2007).  It’s already available, e.g. at Amazon.  From the Chandos blurb:

Catherine [Jones] is the Library Systems Development Manager in the Library and Information Services for the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford, UK. She is responsible for Library IT strategy, policy and development and is the manager of the CCLRC’s Institutional Repository. Catherine has a degree in Computer and Communication Systems. She joined the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 1988 as a Database Applications Programmer/Analyst and moved into the Library and Information Services in 1994 where she has since held a variety of posts, most relating to IT.

This book provides a practical guide to current Institutional Repository (IR) issues, focussing on content - both gaining and preserving it and what cultural issues need to be addressed to make a successful Institutional Repository. Importantly, it uses real-life experiences to address and highlight issues raised in the first half of the book....

Key features:

  • Written by a successful Institutional Repository project manager
  • The author has detailed knowledge of Institutional Repository issues
  • Draws on practical knowledge and experience gained from organisational use


  • Introduction
  • Changing information environment - how developments in journal publishing and organisational needs are effecting the information environment and strategic decisions for Library Services
  • Content decisions - what types of material, strategies for gaining content, metadata standards and good practice and copyright issues
  • Preservation - discussion on what to preserve, how to preserve and emerging standards
  • Practical experiences - some case studies on practical experiences
  • Looking into the future - what will the information landscape be like, what functionality will there be in the future
  • Conclusions