Do you daydream about a simple solution for collecting, preserving, and sharing your institution s digital content online? Do you know that an institutional repository is that solution but have no idea where to begin? Has the allure of an IR given way to the difficulties and practicalities of implementing one? The editors of The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges have called on expert authors to offer practical advice on:
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Pamela Bluh is associate director for technical services and administration at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she is also responsible for the law school s institutional repository, the Digital Commons@UM Law. She has been active in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) for many years, having served as chair of the ALCTS Serials Section, chair of the Fundraising and Continuing Education Committees, and president of ALCTS (2007 2008). As editor of the ALCTS Papers on Library Technical Services and Collections from 2003 to 2006, she worked closely with Cindy Hepfer to edit several publications. She was awarded the 2004 ALCTS Serials Section s Bowker/Ulrich s Serials Librarianship Award for her contributions to serials librarianship and received the 2012 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cindy Hepfer is continuing e-resource management and cataloging librarian at the University at Buffalo. In addition to being a past president of NASIG and a past chair of the ALCTS Serials Section, she edited Serials Review from 1985 to 2001, the SISAC Newsletter from 1994 to 1999, and served as co-editor of volumes 6 and 7 of Advances in Serials Management. With Pamela Bluh, she co-edited Managing Electronic Resources: Contemporary Problems and Emerging Issues and also Risk and Entrepreneurship in Libraries: Seizing Opportunities for Change. Presently Hepfer serves on the Publications and Editorial Subcommittee of the UKSG and on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of Library Innovation. She is the recipient of the 1997 ALCTS Serials Section s Bowker-Ulrich s Award for Excellence in Serials Librarianship and the 2009 ALCTS Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.
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