First Year, Check!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my job as Digital Repository Coordinator at Iowa State University. I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself, share what we’ve accomplished in the past year and give a glimpse into where I hope we can take the repository in the future.

"Zoe's First Birthday," © 2006 Todd Anderson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License:

“Zoe’s First Birthday,” © 2006 Todd Anderson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License:

I came to Iowa State University from Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where I was living during my job search. I had completed the dual Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of British Columbia in November 2011. I had two overarching interests during my time at UBC: digital records and preservation and university archives (specifically, university archives in South Africa). I was fortunate enough to serve as a graduate research assistant on three research projects: the InterPARES (International Research on Permanent Archival Records in Electronic Systems) 3, University Institutional Repositories: Copyright and Long-Term Preservation and Digital Records Forensics Projects. You can find out more about me in “Aloha Harrison!,” a blog post Hilary Seo, our head of Preservation, wrote when I started.

We’ve gotten a lot accomplished in the past year. Before I started, the Library deposited around 2,100 electronic theses and dissertations written by Iowa State students between 2009 and 2012. Since then, we’ve worked to add two of our extension research reports series to the repository: the Animal Industry Report and its predecessors (the Swine Research Report, Beef Research Report and Sheep Research Report) and the Research Farm Progress Reports.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we’ve been working closely with the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation to make the scholarship of their faculty and staff accessible through Digital Repository @ Iowa State University. Additionally, over 72 faculty and staff members from across campus have sent us their publications list so we can make their scholarship more visible and accessible.

DR@ISU's homepage after one year

DR@ISU’s homepage after one year

Today, the repository hold 6,799 items, including journal articles, e-books, technical reports, patents, extension publications, presentations and more! In total, these items have been downloaded 407,687 times by users in 276 countries and territories.

As we enter our second year of operation, I’d like to reach out to more campus units, faculty and staff. DR@ISU has great representation from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering, I’d like to see us collect more scholarship from the social sciences, humanities and arts. With a new Scholarly Communications Librarian starting next month, it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of scholarly communication, open access and new methods of measuring research impact around campus.

We’ve gotten a lot accomplished in our first year and there’s more to come. I’m excited to see where our second year will take us!


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