Research repositories: the role
of library staff in their
Umbrella 2011
Jackie Wickham
Project Coordinator
Centre for Research Communications
University of Nottingham
Presentation Outline
What is Open Access
UK Context
Survey of UK Repositories
Support for repositories – RSP and UKCoRR
Future role for library staff
What is Open Access
“Open Access (OA) means that scholarly literature
is made freely available on the internet, so that it
can be read, downloaded, copied, distributed,
printed, searched, text mined, or used for any
other lawful purpose, without financial, legal or
technical barriers, subject to proper attribution of
Research Information Network, June 2010
Routes to OA - Gold
Image by Warren Pilkington, zawtowers, Flickr
Routes to OA - Green
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Context - Growth in UK repositories
Who runs the repository?
The Library!
Photo by PSIP
Survey of UK Repository staff
29th July to 5th September
Distributed via UKCoRR list
215 members (August 2010) and there were 84
Interviews with a couple of respondents
Wickham, Jackie – Repository Management: an emerging profession in the information sector . Presented at Online
Information, 2010. Accessed 7th July 2011.
Backgrounds of UK staff
95% first degree
74% post grad
76.2% part time
73.8% worked as
part of a team
Image by Sarah
Cataloguing and indexing skills
Italian Survey - February 2011
Most important skills were:
 Ability to promote the repository
 Managing copyright issues
Followed by:
 Collection development and metadata expertise
 Project management
Cassella, Maria and Morando, Maddalena - Fostering new roles for librarians. Skill sets for repository managers: results
of a survey in Italy. Presented at LIBER Annual Conference 2011, Barcelona. Accessed 7th
July 2011
Job satisfaction
Repositories Support Project Objectives
more repositories in higher education
institutions in England, Wales and Northern
more content in existing repositories
more types of content in existing repositories
closer integration of repositories into
institutional information systems
promotion of best practice and standards
investigation of the new role of institutions in
research output curation and access
Repositories Support Project – who
we are
- Initially a 2.5 year JISC funded project
 September 2006 – March 2009
 Lead Institution – University of Nottingham
 Partner Institutions – University of Southampton,
Aberystwyth University, Digital Curation Centre
(University of Edinburgh), UKOLN (University of
- Second phase April 2009 – March 2012
• University of Nottingham
The team...
The RSP Offers…
On site support
• Institutional visits – free, impartial consultancy from a team of
Enquiry service
•  - [email protected]
•  - 0845 257 6860
Website Resources
Reusable advocacy materials
Briefing papers (technical & procedural)
RSP Wiki pages
Resource bank of links and references (publications etc)
Buddy Scheme
Recent Events…
RSP Winter School
• Three-day residential training event
Research in the Open: How mandates work in practice
Preservation training events
Supporting and Influencing the deposit of E-Theses in
Higher Education
Communicating for effective advocacy
UKCoRR – United Kingdom Council of
Research Repositories
A group for repository managers by repository managers
An independent professional body to allow repository
managers to share experiences and discuss issues of
common concern
To give repository managers a group voice in national
discussions and policy development independent of projects
or temporary initiatives
To grow together as a community and learn from each
other’s experiences
Mailing list.
248 members (July 2011)
The ‘blended professional” in academic
libraries – managing the data
Image by Ian-S
Corral, S – Educating the academic librarian as
a blended professional
Key skills
Metadata creation
Management, storage and preservation of data
Access rights and policies
But also..
Understanding research methods and workflow
Especially in the context of the research subject
“The Embedded Research
Information Manager” – UCL, Jan 2011
“Funding should be secured to pilot the RIM role, as
defined in this report. Evidence of the realised
costs/benefits of such a role could then be gathered to
evaluate the practicalities, added-value, and long term
impact of a wider implementation”
“Funding bodies should work together with
universities, to support emergent roles such as RIM”
“Education and training of both researchers and
information professionals needs to be addressed at an
institutional and possibly national level, due to
changing requirements”
RLUK – Modelling library role in
research data management
Workforce issues/training for librarians
Library school curricula
As well as:
Tools and advice for researchers
Metadata standards
Getting RDM on agenda
RDM and Research Excellence Framework
Open data agenda
Thank you to...
Gareth Johnson, University of Leicester
Miggie Pickton, University of Northampton
For their insights into the role.
Jackie Wickham
[email protected]
+44(0)115 8466389
Centre for Research Communications
Repositories Support Project
JISC InfoKit

Research repositories: the role of library staff in their