An institution may confront hundreds of different license agreements and terms, making it difficult to rely on their individual authors to effectively negotiate with publishers to retain rights for the institution. More promising strategies include standard author-publisher contracts, a uniform rights-transfer addendum, direct institution-publisher negotiations on behalf of authors, or an institutional policy granting it limited rights to institutionally affiliated authors’ works as they are created. Under what circumstances might institutional agents submit works for deposit on behalf of authors? Institutions (along with their authors) could benefit in various ways from mediating funder-mandated deposits. Ensuring compliance with funder requirements is a looming concern for grantee institutions. Demonstrating the institution’s productivity and the value it is creating is another imperative for grantees. Involvement with deposit and the ability to harvest authors’ works allow institutions to capture important evidence of their success. Institutions are rapidly acquiring diverse but often related content produced by their researchers and scholars. Research data, multimedia works, digital documents of all sorts, and new kinds of content emerging from the network context are increasingly going to be managed as institutional assets with a goal of encouraging their broadest possible use. The ability to hold, manage, and use manuscripts facilitates the development of an environment where the products of research process can be integrated, synthesized, and reused now and into the future. Strategies In considering what best to do to strengthen authors’ experiences with repositories and maximize the value and usefulness of articles in repositories, the overarching question is: What is the desirable future for repository services operating in an environment of funder expectations for public access to research results? Some answers that arose during the January discussion include: With a number of funders now requiring deposit of funded articles, an important measure of successful and effective repository services will be RLI 263 28 Achieving the Full Potential of Repository Deposit Policies ( C O N T I N U E D ) APRIL 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC …actions leading to an environment with broad licensing of copyrights to various parties are an important early step toward the development of more powerful repository services.
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