This system will be undergoing maintenance April 18th between 9:00AM and 12:00PM CDT.

Engaging with the IR Remotely

PDF Version Also Available for Download.


Book chapter exploring approaches and methods of engaging with an institutional repository (IR) remotely.

Physical Description

14 p.

Creation Information

Johnson-Freeman, Whitney R. & Scott, Megan E. December 2023.


This chapter is part of the collection entitled: UNT Scholarly Works and was provided by the UNT Libraries to the UNT Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 20 times, with 5 in the last month. More information about this chapter can be viewed below.


People and organizations associated with either the creation of this chapter or its content.


Provided By

UNT Libraries

The UNT Libraries serve the university and community by providing access to physical and online collections, fostering information literacy, supporting academic research, and much, much more.

Contact Us


Descriptive information to help identify this chapter. Follow the links below to find similar items on the Digital Library.

Degree Information


Book chapter exploring approaches and methods of engaging with an institutional repository (IR) remotely.

Physical Description

14 p.


Abstract: Outreach is an integral component of managing an institutional repository (IR). Unlike most library services, IRs are collaborative services that require engagement to grow and succeed. Increasing awareness and engagement is one of the main challenges facing IRs. The reasons for this vary, but from technology challenges, copyright concerns, and a continuously shifting user population, it is understandable that maintaining an engaged user base is difficult. While these problems are not new, there is a new challenge: remote work and remote learning. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated an already growing shift toward remote work, disrupted established processes and routines, and exacerbated challenges already faced by IRs. Work-life balances, distractions, and more time spent online made engagement even more difficult and created an environment with less collaboration with individuals outside of already-formed relationships. Higher education has been slow to adopt online education, but “analog on-campus degree-focused learning” may no longer be the only option for a greater number of students and educators, which means the lessons learned during the pandemic may become the standard in the future. Implementing an engaging outreach strategy is one way to address these challenges. This is essentially a long-term, user-centered marketing strategy with focused, consistent messaging that will help build relationships with users. This chapter focuses on developing an engagement strategy, developing an engaging message, and identifying how to best share this message through digital platforms.


  • Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion, 2023, Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, pp. 45-58


Item Type


Unique identifying numbers for this chapter in the Digital Library or other systems.


This chapter is part of the following collection of related materials.

UNT Scholarly Works

Materials from the UNT community's research, creative, and scholarly activities and UNT's Open Access Repository. Access to some items in this collection may be restricted.

What responsibilities do I have when using this chapter?


Dates and time periods associated with this chapter.

Creation Date

  • December 2023

Added to The UNT Digital Library

  • Jan. 16, 2024, 3:55 p.m.

Description Last Updated

  • Feb. 2, 2024, 4:08 p.m.

Usage Statistics

When was this chapter last used?

Yesterday: 1
Past 30 days: 5
Total Uses: 20

Interact With This Chapter

Here are some suggestions for what to do next.

Start Reading

PDF Version Also Available for Download.

International Image Interoperability Framework

IIF Logo

We support the IIIF Presentation API

Johnson-Freeman, Whitney R. & Scott, Megan E. Engaging with the IR Remotely, chapter, December 2023; ( accessed April 17, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library,; .

Back to Top of Screen