May 9, 2008

September 14, 2007

Repositories 101 — Part 2 (For Users)

Filed under: Repositories,Repositories 101 — Neil Godfrey @ 12:13 am

Since repository collections are generally run by librarians the librarian philosophy of “service for clients” rules.

Librarians take care in decisions about the decor of their reading rooms, how their shelves and computers are arranged, building signage and portal customizations, client service skills, policies for different types of users and different types of resources, how their materials are described and classified, vendor choices and workflows, etc etc — all for the purpose of improving service to clients.

It is the same with repositories. Librarians adapt their user-first philosophy to the different types of resources and different ways of handling resources in repositories. (more…)

September 13, 2007

Repositories 101– Part 1

Filed under: Repositories,Repositories 101 — Neil Godfrey @ 11:39 am

Having been involved with a number of different repositories primarily for university scholarly works for a couple of years now I notice myself beginning to slip too easily into a foreign technical language, so decided it’s time I took a step back and share what I have come to understand about the basics of what such repositories are about and how they compare with traditional libraries.

This series of posts will be primarily for the benefit of those who have a background in academic libraries and who may be hearing about repositories and wondering how they may affect the practices and services they have become used to. It’s also intended to give librarians a tool to understand some of the “foreign technical language” repository managers and metadata people tend to slip into. (As I go through this series comments for clarification, correction, questions will be welcome.) (more…)