Institutional Repository - An Efficient Tool to Support Science and Research
Lukáš Budínský, Tomas Bata University in Zlín - Library, Czech Republic
Ondřej Fabián, Tomas Bata University in Zlín - Library, Czech Republic
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In a time when production of scientific outputs has been most emphasized, the issue of making these documents effectively accessible to faculty colleagues moved into the background. But that is changing with rising costs of information resources and institutional repositories emerge to manage the highest quality content an institution produces. The connection of institutional repository and Open Access shapes an efficient tool to support science and research enabling the library to apply its know-how and gain deserved prestige in context of the institution.
This paper takes the example of a unique Repository of publications of Tomas Bata University in Zlin to show how library experience can be used to support science and research and increase visibility of research results. The TBU repository is based on the open source DSpace system and its functionality is customized and considerably enriched. The integrated value-added services make it not only the university storefront, but also a fully featured tool for all users.
Repository implementation also led to radical changes and increase of quality in the whole workflow of reporting results of science and research.
Author's professional CV
Lukáš Budínský graduated in Systems Engineering at the Faculty of Economics at ČZU. He has more than six years experience in the Tomas Bata University Library in Zlin, where he is currently leading the IT department. The main scope of his activities is the development of infrastructure for access to information resources, development of value-added librarian services, theses and tools for supporting science and research.
He was project manager of numerous projects including the implementation of the SFX technology for Library TBU or deployment DSpace as theses repository. At the present time he is devoted to the development of prospective meta-search project Xerxes and building institutional repository for TBU publishing.