Kickstart your institutional repository with content from publishers

I’ve developed a Google Spreadsheet script to help libraries gather information to tackle their greatest challenge regarding institutional repositories: recruiting scholarly content.

Publishers vary in their copyright policies. Some grant no public re-use rights to the published PDF, while others permit authors to upload the published PDF to an institutional repository. Mashing up a list of those publishers against articles written by your faculty would normally be time intensive.

This script leverages Google Scripts and the SHERPA/RoMEO API to automate looking up publisher copyright for individual faculty articles from your institution.

Get started

Grab the code at http://pastebin.com/sXknBHDq. Detailed implementation instructions are included in the comments. You can also watch this short installation screencast below.

#ACRL2013 poster session materials

sxflynn 3 ACRL 2013 poster

PDF of #ACRL2013 poster handout

sxflynn ACRL handout

Further reading

The Code4Lib Journal – “Using XSLT and Google Scripts to Streamline Populating an Institutional Repository” (2013) – by Stephen X. Flynn, Catalina Oyler, Marsha Miles

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