In fall 2002, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries and the Hewlett-Packard Company launched DSpace™, an open source digital repository software system. Designed to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute scholarly research material in digital formats, DSpace™ and institutional repositories have revolutionized how scholars and researchers think about publication and scholarship. Institutional repositories have also sparked a debate as to the production, distribution and interchange of scholarly communication in a digital age. In response to these discussions, in 2003, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) in conjunction with participants drawn from the campus community began a project to evaluate the need for a digital institutional repository service. The result of this project was the creation of MINDS@UW, a DSpace™ collection for the colleges and universities in the University of Wisconsin System.
In 2005, Chalmer Davee Library took the first step towards creating a place for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the MINDS@UW project. By August 2005, the library had posted its first collection to the community called MINDS@UW-River Falls. Here is a brief history of what the library has been adding to the repository.
Now, the library is taking the next step towards establishing more sub-communities and collections within the MINDS@UW-River Falls community. If you would like to take part in the project or if you have any questions, please contact Heidi Southworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-425-3924.