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ERIC Number: EJ835991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Diving into the Blue: A Look at Michigan's Repositories
Guevara, Senovia
Computers in Libraries, v29 n4 p14-18 Apr 2009
Libraries are constantly evolving and changing expectations for the user and the information environment. More than just being an authoritative source for research, expertise, and quality content in the form of books and journals, the information center is evolving into a more expansive role. With the growth of information technology awareness and expertise from library staff affecting and expanding new library initiatives, libraries have furthered their impact by way of creating institutional and collaborative online repository projects. Online repositories that support the free distribution of scholarly works are important to strengthening a library's relationships and furthering its impact in the digital world. As students and researchers choose to forego the expertise of the onsite library for the online environment, the repository offers a chance for libraries to continue their mission by staying relevant and remaining a benefit to their community. The University of Michigan (UM) Library, where this author serves as an information resources assistant, has two such major repositories in place--Deep Blue and HathiTrust. Each project is fairly new, in existence for only a few years. James Ottaviani is the librarian who works with the Deep Blue institutional repository, and Jeremy York works with HathiTrust. Both librarians were interviewed in order to learn more about the projects' backgrounds and to understand their impact on the community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan