Re-engaging the repository with the Arts research community
Posted by gazjjohnson on 25 March, 2009
Just had a very interesting conversation with our arts librarian here. Seems her departments are getting down hearted by the local repository being full of STM materials and are feeling, understandably, left out.
Unfortunately they don’t regard conference papers, reports or discussion papers they produce as “research worthy” enough to go in; and the bulk of their true research output is in the form of books. Which in our experience, we’re unlikely to get permission to include (bar the odd one or two).
So my question is this – how do we re-engage with these people and enable them to deposit materials of genuine interest? Are there any tricks we’re missing or is it that repositories actually are only suitable for the sciences?