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Insect Control in Libraries: A case Study of Cockroaches in the Tropics

Journal of the Nigerian Library Association
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Launch an open-access, OAI-compliant institutional eprint archive, for both texts and data. The main reason for universities to have institutional repositories is • to enhance the visibility, retrievability, and impact of the research output of the university. It will raise the profile of the work, the faculty, and the institution itself. A more specific reason is that a growing number of journals • allow authors to deposit their postprints in institutional but not disciplinary repositories. Even though this is an almost arbitrary distinction, institutions without repositories will leave some of their faculty stranded with no way to provide OA to their work. “OAI-compliant” means that the archive complies with the • metadata harvesting protocol of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI). This makes the archive interoperable with other compliant archives so that the many separate archives behave like one grand, virtual archive for purposes such as searching. This means that users can search across OAI-compliant archives without visiting the separate archives and running separate searches. Hence, it makes your content more visible, even if users don’t know that your archive exists or what it contains. There are almost a dozen open-source packages for creating and • maintaining OAI-compliant archives. The four most important are Eprints (from Southampton University), DSpace (from MIT), CDSWare (from CERN), and FEDORA (from Cornell and U. of Virginia). Help faculty deposit their research articles in the institutional archive. Many faculty are more than willing, just too busy. Some suffer from • tech phobias. Some might need education about the benefits. For example, some university libraries have dedicated FTE’s who • visit faculty, office by office, to help them deposit copies of their articles in the institutional repository. The St. Andrews University Library asks faculty to send in their arti

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