Institutional Repositories

Institutional repositories centralize, preserve, and make accessible the knowledge generated by academic institutions. They benefit institutions by raising their profiles and scholars by bringing broader dissemination, increased use, and enhanced professional visibility of scholarly research. As such, institutional repositories represent one of the best opportunities for libraries to partner closely with faculty and to help shape the future of scholarly communications.

CARL is working towards the development and advancement of institutional repositories by:

  1. Articulating the importance of institutional repositories
  2. Improving the content recruitment at institutional repositories
  3. Demonstrating the value of overlay services for Canadian institutional repositories

CARL fully supports the systematic archiving of, and access to digital research output of Canadian academic organizations into institutional repositories as stated in its Position Statement.

Initiatives and Resources

Institutional Repositories Available in Canada

A growing number of Canadian research institutions are implementing institutional repositories. These repositories are an important strategy for attaining open access, and provide a key infrastructure for the long-term preservation of digital materials. CARL has assembled a comprehensive list of:

Additional Information

Related Initiatives

Open Access Repositories

Search Engine Optimization for Institutional Repositories

Search engine optimization (SEO) is crucial to ensuring high visibility for institutional repositories in popular search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.