Ubiquitous and Open Access: the NextGen library

Institutions have traditionally neglected the intellectual potential of their research and publishing output. The traditional model for academic publishing neglects the importance of the institutions contribution to the creation and innovation of intellectual output. Since the turn of the century innovation in open source systems has been an enabler for libraries to extend their information management to digital libraries and to integrate these resources with other resource management and discovery tools. This presents an opportunity for institutions to make better use of the inherent knowledge in their reports and publishing activity by consolidating these resources in an institutional repository managed by an effective metadata framework. This paper presents a model for development of a unified institutional electronic resources delivered through open access and open source models. This provides a sustainable and low cost model for implementation of institutional repositories. Libraries, with strong understanding of the importance of metadata and services standards should be well positioned to managed these resources as long as they position their skills to be actively engaged in this area.
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Conference on GenNext Libraries 2012: Emerging Technologies: New Direction for Libraries
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