An institutional repository (IR) is an online database used to collect, preserve, and disseminate digital versions of the intellectual and creative output of the University. All items in the IR (barring certain limited exceptions) are open access which means that most works in the repository are available worldwide, free of cost, to researchers and the general public via the Internet.
F.D. Bluford Library provides this service to its community as a means of increasing the reach and visibility of the scholarly and creative works produced by University faculty, students, staff, and researchers. In addition to showcasing the value of the University’s research and creative works, other benefits for supporting an IR include, but are not limited to long term preservation of the University’s scholarship, stable access to works with persistent URLS, easy discoverability of work through internet search engines such as Google, and compliance with funding agency requirements.
As stated, the IR will include the intellectual and creative output of the University’s faculty, staff, students, and researchers. Below is an example of the type of content that will be included in the IR:
The institutional repository can accept multiple file formats without file size limits (subject to change). Examples of file formats include
The repository reserves the right to save copies of submissions in alternate formats with better long term preservation prospects. The Library will retain original version of submissions.
The Scholarly Communication Committee will make the final determination if content and file type is suitable for the institutional repository.
Institutional repository services are primarily designed for faculty, students, staff, and researchers affiliated with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. However, other participants, such as those in the surrounding community, will be considered on a case by case basis.
Dublin Core is the main metadata standard that the Library supports. However, the Library can work with authors on a variety of metadata schema as appropriate.
The Scholarly Communication Committee will be responsible for approving submissions to the IR. Submitters will be notified of an item’s progress in the submission process.
The submission processes for both faculty and students are as follows:
Faculty and Staff Content: Each work...
Student Content: Each work...