Coming of Age: The Charleston Observatory 2011

Where are institutional repositories going and why?  Find out at the upcoming Charleston Conference, November 2-5, where the results of a survey on this subject will be presented.  Here is an e-mail that I received with the details (thanks to the organizers for permission to reproduce it).

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Institutional and subject repositories have become an important feature of the information landscape and have arguable `come of age’. CIBER, with the support of the Charleston Library Conference, is carrying out a study to find out where repositories are going next and why.

We are asking library directors and researchers worldwide what they think by means of online surveys and focus groups. The aim is to find answers to questions such as:

  •  What are the priorities and goals for repository managers?
  •  What are the critical factors behind a successful repository?
  •  What impact are they having?

 We would very much welcome your views as a library professional!

Please click here to take part in the survey, or paste into your browser.

The survey should take no more than 25 minutes of your time.  The survey will close on TuesdaOctober 25 .

 You may wish to print out the survey before you start filling it in online because we ask a few questions about budgets that you may not have at your fingertips.  Please click here to download a PDF for reference – but please do not try to fill it in!

 You will not be asked for your name.  However, you will be invited to leave an email contact address if you wish to be entered into a prize draw for an iPhone G3.  You will not be contacted again for any other purpose.

The findings of the study will be presented at the XXXI Charleston Library Conference and will be published widely in the professional and scholarly press, so we can guarantee that your response will add to the debate and your voice heard.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Ian Rowlands
CIBER Research Limited



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