May 27, 2022

New Report from OCLC Research: “Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories”


Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories


Ricky Erway
OCLC Research


Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories offers a quick environmental scan of the repository landscape and then focuses on disciplinary repositories—those subject-based, often researcher-initiated loci for research information. Seven of these repositories are profiled, with a focus on their varied business models. The report concludes with a discussion of sustainability, including funding models, factors that contribute to a repository’s success, and ways to bring in additional revenue. It is intended to help librarians support researchers in accessing and disseminating research information.

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Ricky Erway, Author of Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories Discusses the Report in this Video

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.