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ILI 2012 Conference

What Does The Evidence Tell Us About Institutional Repositories?

Brian Kelly and Jenny Delasalle gave a talk on "What Does The Evidence Tell Us About Institutional Repositories?" at the ILI 2012 conference which was held at the Olympia Conference Centre, London on 30-31 October 2012.

What Does The Evidence Tell Us About Institutional Repositories?

We imagined how institutional repositories could enhance access to peer-reviewed publications and we developed a technical and support infrastructure based on the vision. But what does the evidence tell us about the current provision of institutional repository services? Is there a need to reboot the approaches?

This session provides two complementary presentations based on quantitative surveys of institutional repositories across the UK higher education sector and an institutional case study.

Survey Findings

Institutional Repositories are well-established across the higher education sector, with the JISC-funded RepUK project having identified 153 repositories which contains over 1.6 million records.

Initial work across the sector has focussed on the development of a technical infrastructure, complemented by advocacy work in promoting the benefits of open access to research papers. However there is now a need to gather evidence on how repositories are being used. Such evidence can help to inform strategic planning across the sector together with operational decisions at a local level.

In this presentation Brian Kelly will report on the findings from a variety of surveys which provide insights into how repositories are being used and will conclude by proposing practices which institutional repository managers should consider based on observations of patterns of usage across the UK repository sector.

Institutional Case Study

Jenny Delasalle has been looking at websites and services for researchers to create online profiles describing and signposting their work. Jenny will report on the publicly visible level of engagement of University of Warwick researchers with these services and suggest possible uses that researchers can make of these kinds of services alongside their use of the institutional repository.

B203: Evidence and Impact
Date and Time
20 minutes talk (TBC) in session running from 13.45 - 14.30, 31 October 2012



The slides are available on Slideshare and embedded below.


Biographical Details

Brian Kelly works for the JISC-funded Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN, which is based at the University of Bath. In his role as UK Web Focus he advises the UK's higher and further education communities on best practices in use of the Web.

Brian is an experienced presenter and has spoken at previous ILI conferences. Brian has given many presentations on Web 2.0 and Library 2.0. In recent years Brian has been an invited plenary speaker at international conferences held in Stockholm, Taiwan, Singapore and Melbourne. Brian is also a passionate user of a variety of Social Web tools, including his UK Web Focus blog which has been shortlisted for several awards.

Brian's areas of interest include ways in which Web 2.0 and the Social Web can be used to support professional, scholarly and research activities, Web standards, Web accessibility and Web metrics.

Jenny Delasalle is an experienced academic librarian who has worked in a number of different higher education information professional roles at various institutions. Jenny currently works in the Academic Services division of the Library at the University of Warwick, managing support for researchers. Jenny's areas of interest and expertise include digital information in general, building and managing a repository, copyright, scholarly publishing trends and bibliometrics and citations measurements.