In the kingdom of the blind: successfully implementing institutional repositories in the UK and the SHERPA Partnership experience

Johnson, Gareth J (2007) In the kingdom of the blind: successfully implementing institutional repositories in the UK and the SHERPA Partnership experience. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 13 (1-2). ISSN 1361-4533 (Submitted)

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This paper takes an overview of the work of SHERPA team and the SHERPA Partnership institutions in the area of developing, populating and maintaining institutional open access repositories. Crucial to this work has been the development of mutually supporting and enabling Partnership community, something which has been now recognised as needed by institutions who lie outside of it. To this end SHERPA is involved in efforts to support the individuals and institutions across the UK and Europe whom are engaging with the open access agenda on a practical level; through setting up community networks and disseminating experience. Key in the experience of the Partnership has been the role of advocacy of open access and repositories to the institutional research community. Whilst this experience has been unique to each institution, there are many shared lessons and best practice that the Partnership has recently reflected on, and that are articulated within this paper. Finally brief coverage on some of the vital community tools developed and maintained by SHERPA, and reflections on the evolving direction of open access in the UK are made.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the New Review of Academic Librarianship 2008 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; New Review of Academic Librarianship is available online at:
Keywords: sherpa, rsp, repositories, nottingham, open access, uk, research, scholarly publication, sherpa partnership, romeo, juliet, opendoar, driver, sparc europe, institutional repositories, overview, traditional publication, open access journals, stakeholders, advocacy, community support
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Professional services > Information Services
Identification Number: 10.1080/13614530701868652
Depositing User: Johnson, Gareth
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2008 10:30
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 18:29

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