From the Introduction:
In conceiving of this open national forum, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), in collaboration with the institutional repository (IR) community of Canada, aimed to strengthen the role and momentum for a Canadian network of repositories, to inform the community about the current state of repositories internationally, to discuss new and evolving roles for repositories and how they can support library operations, and to develop an agenda for the future of repositories in Canada.
In addition to being the first pan-Canadian meeting entirely devoted to discussing institutional repositories, a deliberate decision was made to bring together library directors as well as those working as repository managers and scholarly communications librarians. This allowed the discussion to span beyond the administration of the repository to reimagining of what such a space could become. The enthusiasm generated by this unprecedented event was extraordinary, with participants recognizing that repository managers often feel isolated in their work, and expressing a strong desire to develop a community of practice, and to build strategic collaborations to move Canadian repositories forward.
The event was organized by Kathleen Shearer (COAR), Jeanette Hatherill (University of Ottawa), Leah Vanderjagt (University of Alberta), Susan Haigh and Lise Brin (CARL), under the guidance of CARL’s Advancing Research Committee.
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