Nationwide Census of Institutional Repositories: Preliminary Findings


  • Karen Markey University of Michigan
  • Beth St. Jean University of Michigan
  • Soo Young Rieh University of Michigan
  • Elizabeth Yakel University of Michigan
  • Jihyun Kim University of Michigan
  • Yong-Mi Kim University of Michigan


The MIRACLE (Making Institutional Repositories A Collaborative Learning Environment) Project is a multi-phased research project that is investigating the development of institutional repositories (IRs) in U. S. colleges and universities to identify models and best practices in the administration, technical infrastructure, access to, and preservation of repository collections. This paper features preliminary findings from the project’s first phase, a nationwide census that will reveal the extent of college and university involvement with IRs in the United States. Preliminary findings address the types of investigative activities that institutions are conducting prior to making the decision to implement an IR, perceived benefits of IRs, staffing for IRs, methods of recruiting digital content, characteristics of operational IRs including their costs, and participating institutions’ next steps on the road to implementing an IR.

Author Biographies

Karen Markey, University of Michigan

School of Information Professor

Beth St. Jean, University of Michigan

Doctoral Student, School of Information

Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan

Assistant Professor, School of Information

Elizabeth Yakel, University of Michigan

Associate Professor, School of Information

Jihyun Kim, University of Michigan

Doctoral Student, School of Information

Yong-Mi Kim, University of Michigan

Doctoral Student, School of Information