The Jefferson Digital Commons. Starting an Institutional Repository at an Academic Health Sciences Library
Ann Koopman, Thomas Jefferson University and Daniel G. Kipnis, Thomas Jefferson University

DATE: May 2008

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Poster presented at annual Medical Library Association conference in Chicago.


In 2005, Thomas Jefferson University started an

institutional repository (IR) and named it the

Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC). Intended as

a showcase for faculty scholarship, it has evolved

to also serve as the University Press for original

journals and newsletters, and as an institutional


Since its creation, the JDC has accepted and

archived more than 1,500 documents from

faculty, students, departments and Library

collections in our academic health sciences

setting. We share the lessons we’ve learned

about marketing techniques, common IR issues,

and advantages for a library.