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The University of Southern Mississippi launched its institutional repository (IR), Aquila, in January 2012 to preserve and showcase the scholarly output of the university’s faculty, staff, and students. In the five years since then, users from around the world have downloaded items in Aquila over a million times. In this presentation, we will look briefly at the basics of IRs, and we will discuss several successful Aquila initiatives through the years, such as journal publishing, event and conference recordings, and electronic theses and dissertations, to demonstrate why an IR is such a powerful tool for promoting both the library’s value on campus and the university’s research and scholarship to a global audience. We will conclude with a discussion of ideas for implementing or growing an IR and of possible opportunities for community collaboration.


Presentation given at the 2017 Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference