Right now, we are working at an exciting point in the history of libraries. External changes in the information landscape, technology, and users’ behavior are all creating a vastly different environment from that of even five years ago. Digital repositories are one area in which we can apply traditional library expertise in an entirely new environment. Fundamentally, the work is the same: libraries collect, curate, disseminate, and preserve information. But in practical terms, the day-to-day work is vastly different, which has implications for staffing and resource allocation.

At academic institutions, one primary group of digital repository users is undergraduates. In general, undergraduate students are part of Generation Y – ...

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