Education and training for digital repository manager

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR DIGITAL REPOSITORY MANAGER

Abstract:

The need of an active and continuous partnership between the informational profile organizations, scientific community and general public must be ensured to the extent that it includes the user-guiding paradigm and researcher’s support as well. There are several important questions the future digital management is asking concerning the professional profile of those who will work in different specialized structures that are mandated to preserve cultural and scientific heritage: Which are the core competencies going to be and based on which set of skills will they be built? How will these institutions look like? How will the frame look like and especially will there be a common area of knowledge exchange for those who manage considerable sized informational bodies? Which are the policies dedicated to informational management and knowledge requirements?

This research article will try to solve these questions by the objectives below:

-Study concerning the state-of-art of the universities digital repositories;

-Analysis of quality management in digital repositories procedures and development.  Procedures of uploading, conservation, preservation and copyright legality implemented for digital deposits;

-Analysis of staff competencies involved in digital repository management, manners of professional training for such personnel, existing Life Long Learning training offer.

-TransilvaniaUniversity proposal and students’ reaction about this new educational offer.

1. Study concerning the state-of-art of the universities digital repositories

1.1 General aspects of the institutional repository (Institutional Repository – IR)

The digital institutional repository represents an open database, namely internet accessible, where the entire scientific production of the university is archived: bachelor degrees, master degrees, PhD theses of the university’s members, teaching material, scientific papers, conferences proceedings organized by the university, research projects and other materials which the university considers valuable and can be made available for the members of the university or of other universities. The digital institutional repository represents the entire value of the university and increases visibility, and national and international appreciation. It can be constituted and maintained by each faculty separately, or by the informatics department, or by a group of specialists in information technology from each faculty, or by the library.

The digital institutional repositories (IR) are digital collections which stock and preserve the academic community’s intellectual production. They are the main component in the reform of academic communication by stimulating innovation in a disaggregated publishing structure and are intangible indicators of the quality of institutions by increasing visibility, prestige and public value.

The digital repositories present the following characteristics: they offer a critical component in the reformation of the academic communication system – a component which extends the access to research, reiterates academic control, increases competition and reduces the monopoly of journals. They bring an economic ease and are relevant for the institutions and libraries which maintain them; they have the potential of serving as intangible indicators for the quality of the university and demonstrate the scientific,

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