SPARC releases videos on digital repository development, Announces 2010 meeting

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February 23, 2009

Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 x 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

SPARC releases videos on digital repository development,
Announces 2010 meeting

Washington, DC (Feb. 23, 2009) – Experts and advocates examine the state of the art in digital repositories in a new series of videos now freely available online from SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition).  Also, by popular demand, SPARC has announced it will host the third SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting on November 8 & 9, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The video series was taped at the November 2008 SPARC repositories meeting, and underscores the central role of repositories across library services. Particular emphasis is placed on the added value they contribute to the institution and on the importance of funding repository development even in lean economic times. The clips feature three full-length plenary addresses plus seven short interviews with leading-edge repository implementers, including:

  • Ernie Ingles, Vice Provost and Chief Librarian at University of Alberta
  • Michelle Kimpton, Executive Director of the DSpace Foundation
  • Bonnie Klein, Information Collection/Copyright Specialist at the US Defense Technical Information Center
  • Catherine Mitchell, Director of the eScholarship Publishing Group at California Digital Library (CDL)
  • Sarah Shreeves, IDEALS Coordinator at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • David Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC)
  • John Wilbanks, Vice President for Science at Creative Commons
  • Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck-Combs Communications Inc.

In his keynote remarks, David Shulenburger urges institutions to expand their support of institutional repository development and suggests seven specific steps libraries should take to promote repositories on their campuses.

Ernie Ingles highlights institutional repository development as bringing libraries back into the mainstream of providing services to faculty and graduate students. He argues that libraries must decide whether supporting a digital repository is an “add on” or an “instead of” in their resource allocations.

Bonnie Klein notes that digital repositories are not just for universities. She explores the extensive experience of government agencies in capturing and preserving intellectual assets so that information can be reorganized, reduced, and recombined. She urges universities to collect the corporate output of the institution to support accountability and show patterns in the development of where the institution has been—and where it might be going.

The videos are available through the SPARC video channel (, where they may be shared, commented upon, or downloaded for campus use. Advocates are invited to make wide use of these tools in making the case for repository success at their institutions.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.