If you build an institutional repository they will come (or not)
After more than a year of development in close consultation with stakeholders, MacEwan University launched an institutional repository (IR) in August of 2014. It was built using Islandora, an open source platform that offered significant flexibility in terms of look, feel, and overall functionality. Usability testing focused on ensuring the site was easy to use and attractive to users in hopes that it would easily pursued faculty members to deposit and share their research, scholarship, and creative works more broadly online. Reflecting upon the development and ongoing maintenance of MacEwan's IR two years later, this session will question the degree to which usability and design actually matter when it comes to populating an IR with content.
Presented on November 25, 2016 at the Code4Lib Alberta Conference at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB.
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