Kickstarting the Repository@TWU: Three Initiatives to Showcase Research at Texas Woman’s University
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What can you do when no one on campus knows about your new repository? Change tactics and remove the barriers to archiving content. In an effort to showcase the research and scholarly accomplishments of the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) community, the Digital Services Unit switched strategies- rather than waiting for faculty and students to place content in the repository, we now actively seek partnerships and campus collaborators. In the past year, the Digital Services Unit at the TWU Libraries piloted three concurrent initiatives to bring content to the Repository@TWU: 1) Project Retro, Project INDEX, and the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative. Project Retro involves partnering with campus departments to create a complete departmental collection of ETDs within the Repository@TWU, and training student workers to digitize and create metadata for legacy theses and dissertations. Project INDEX was developed to elevate the work of TWU faculty while also increasing the contents of the repository through a faculty assisted submission program. Graduate assistants working in our unit are tasked with researching copyright and permissions policies for scholarly publications gleaned from faculty CVs, with the intention to deposit eligible work into the Repository@TWU. The third strategy, the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative, in part involves providing access to faculty created open educational resources via our institutional repository. These initiatives dissolved barriers between the Libraries and the university through partnerships across our campuses, removed barriers to faculty scholarship, and developed a marketable skill set in our graduate assistants and student workers.