Copyright Solutions for Institutional Repositories: A Collaboration With Subject Librarians

Heather Leary, Kacy Lundstrom, Pamela Martin



This work investigates using subject librarians to conduct copyright clearance in an institutional repository (IR). At Utah State University, the library assures copyright clearance for faculty scholarship, thereby garnering input of faculty scholarship into the IR. Currently, subject librarians are not widely participating in routine IR work; however, the in-volvement of subject librarians with the IR offers benefits to the subject librarians and the institution as a whole. This article provides a model for institutions needing new solutions for copyright clearance using subject librarians and discusses the rationale, benefits and challenges of adopting this model.


Institutional Repository; subject librarian; copyright clearance; collaboration

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ISSN: 1947-525X