University of Rochester

River Campus Libraries Awarded Grant to Develop More E-Access

November 21, 2003

The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries has received a $103,500 federal grant for further development of DSpace, an electronic repository that collects, stores, and shares scholarly work.

One of seven recipients of grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, River Campus Libraries is using the grant to research “grey literature,” such as conference proceedings, academic theses, and technical standards, and those who use it. Many of these works from government, academic, business, and industry sources in print and electronic formats are not distributed by commercial publishers.

The research goal is to make recommendations about identifying and storing such information, said Susan Gibbons, director of digital library initiatives for River Campus Libraries. The project is expected to result in new modules for the open source DSpace system.

DSpace, a digital library repository for intellectual work, was launched worldwide in November 2002. The University of Rochester is part of a select group of research universities to assist in its development.

Robert Martin, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, said the leadership grants to libraries “foster the best thinking in our fields about how libraries can further enrich community, academic, family, and individual lives across the country.” The agency is the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s libraries and museums.