Fundamentals of Institutional Repositories Session 1.0

Description: 

This 6-week online course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of institutional repositories (IR), including considering IR platforms, promoting the IR, faculty publications in the IR, additional sources of IR content, IR metadata, and accessibility of IR content. At the end of this course, attendees will be able to identify different types of repository platforms and the features and components they offer, develop strategies and methods for promoting the institutional repository to their campus community, comprehend best practices for metadata and create original metadata records for repository content, and identify best practices for making repository content fully accessible, among other learning outcomes.

This 6-week course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of metadata, including: 

  • Considering IR Platforms 
  • Promoting the IR 
  • Faculty Publications in the IR  
  • Additional Sources of IR Content 
  • IR Metadata 
  • Accessibility of IR Content 


Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to: 

  • Identify different types of repository platforms and the features and components they offer 
  • Develop strategies and methods for promoting the institutional repository to their campus community 
  • Understand how to interpret publication agreements, particularly with regard to understanding reuse rights or guidelines for repository deposit of published materials 
  • Comprehend best practices for metadata and create original metadata records for repository content 
  • Evaluate a variety of content types appropriate for inclusion in an institutional repository, and consider diverse strategies for using the repository to meet the scholarly needs of the campus community 
  • Identify best practices for making repository content fully accessible and develop workflows for remediating inaccessible repository content 


Format:  

Students receive an access code after registering for the course.  Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the six-week period, and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed at their own pace.  Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the course material.  Weekly, instructor-moderated chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to attend. 


Who Should Attend: 

Primarily IR managers, especially those new to IRs, but the course will also be useful for reference librarians, metadata librarians, special collections librarians at institutions where archival materials are stored in the IR, and anyone involved with IR initiatives.

 

Registration Deadline: 

Registration for each course is limited to 25 people. For courses that are not sold out, online and fax registration ends at 12 noon CT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.


Tech Requirements: 

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade. 

The course website will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. It will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.

 

Credits: 

Contact Hours - 24 hours 

Core defines contact hours in line with the IACET standards on Continuing Education Units

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course. 


Contact: 

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 or email registration@ala.org. 

For all other questions or comments related to this course, please contact corece@ala.org.