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This article will describe ongoing efforts at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Libraries to evolve the role of the institutional repository (IR) and to effectively position it within the context of the Libraries’ collections, research support, and scholarly communication services. A major component of this process is re-examining the fundamental aims of the IR and aligning it to the Libraries and the campus strategic goals. The authors situate UNLV Libraries’ experience within the context of the current literature to provide background and reasoning for our decision to pursue two, at times conflicting, aims for the IR: one for scholarly communication and another for research administration.


institutional repositories; research information management; strategic planning; university libraries


Library and Information Science


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Review of Academic Librarianship on 02/27/2018, available online:

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John Novak & Annette Day (2018) The IR has Two Faces: Positioning Institutional Repositories for Success, New Review of Academic Librarianship, DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2018.1425887

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