The Use of Institutional Repositories: Its Acceptance, Maturity and Impact on the Book

By Marinus Swanepoel.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The development of institutional repositories has been a recent one. It was started by the University Of Southampton (UK) in late 2000 when they released a software package called E-Prints. Since that time, the establishment of institutional repositories has gained momentum. Factors such as the decreasing costs of online storage and the increase of broadband and gigabit networking technologies have all contributed to their growth in numbers and current popularity. The research is aimed answering several questions: To what extent are institutional repositories, as a method for communicating scientific and scholarly information, accepted or are they just hype? This question is looked at through the lens of the Gartner Hype Curve. How mature is the institutional repository as a technology when using the product lifecycle (Sigmoid Curve) and diffusion of innovation theory as measures? What is the evidence that institutional repositories are impacting the role of the book?

Keywords: Institutional Repositories, Gartner Hype Curve, E-books, Product Life Cycle, Diffusion of Innovation Theory

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.39-51. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 987.155KB).

Dr. Marinus Swanepoel

Professional Librarian, University Library, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Marinus Swanepoel is currently a professional librarian and former university librarian at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. He moved to Canada from South Africa in 2003. Before his move to Canada, he was the director of library services at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. He obtained a PhD in information studies from the University of Johannesburg. His current research interests include: scholarly communication, open access, digital libraries, and institutional repositories.

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