From Meow to ROAR: University of Houston s Expansion of Open Access Repository Services




Wu, Annie
Thompson, Santi
Davis-Van Atta, Taylor
Washington, Anne
Scott, Bethany
Townes, Adam
Brett, Kelsey
Liu, Xiping

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As part of the University of Houston (UH) Libraries 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, a cross-departmental implementation team was formed to expand our open access research repository services beyond electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) to include a broad range of faculty, staff, and student works. The result of this effort is Cougar Research Open Access Repositories (ROAR): a portal to the UH Institutional Repository (UHIR) and the UH Data Repository (UHDR) which host scholarly works and data generated by the UH community. This presentation details the team s phased activities including internal preparation, pilot program, and finding and recommendations. Sub-teams were formed to carry out specific tasks, such as building the Cougar ROAR platform, developing ROAR policies and guidelines, enhancing institutional repository functions, scheduling campus promotional activities, and launching the open access pilot program. The presentation will also include strategies for gaining administrative and faculty buy-in, findings from faculty focus groups, insights into the metadata and technical considerations for the two systems, modes of deposit, training and promotion strategies, and a discussion of lessons learned. Many universities and research organizations are seeking to expand their open access repository services or migrate systems. This presentation will offer both general strategies and specific solutions that will be helpful to those and other institutions promoting new modes of scholarly communication.


Annie Wu is the Head of Metadata and Digitization Services at the University of Houston Libraries. Prior to UH, she was the Operations Manager at the Technical Information Center of Corning Inc. She also worked at the UNC at Wilmington as Cataloging Supervisor. She earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Annie has published and presented on various topics relating to information organization, discovery, digital initiatives, staff competences, and training and orientation.