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Title: Those who don’t look don’t find: Disciplinary considerations in repository advocacy
Author(s): Kingsley, Danny
Keywords: institutional repositories
open access
disciplinary differences
information seeking
diffusion of innovations
Date created: 2007-07
*Purpose of this paper: By describing some of the often ignored aspects of repository advocacy, such as disciplinary differences and how these might affect the adoption of a particular institutional repository, this paper aims to offer practical guidance to repository managers and those responsible for open access and repository policy. *Design/methodology/approach: The argument uses examples from an empirical study of 43 in-depth interviews of academic staff in three disciplines, Chemistry, Computer Science and Sociology, at two Australian universities. The interviewees discussed their interaction with the literature as an author, a reader and a reviewer. *Findings: Disciplines are markedly different from one another, in terms of their subject matter, the speed of publication, information seeking behaviour and social norms. These all have bearing on the likelihood a given group will adopt deposit into an institutional repository as part of their regular work practice. *Practical implications: It is important to decide the purpose of the institutional repository before embarking on an advocacy program. By mapping empirical findings against both diffusion of innovations theory and writings on disciplinary differences, this paper shows that repository advocacy addressing the university academic population as a single unit is unlikely to be successful. Rather, advocacy and implementation of a repository must consider the information seeking behaviour and social norms of each discipline in question. *What is original/value of paper: The consideration of disciplinary differences in relation to repository advocacy has only begun to be explored in the literature.
Type: Article
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