So you say you work at a smaller academic institution without an institutional repository, or even in a non-academic setting? But you still publish work related to Library and Information Science? Have I got a site for you! I know I'm not the first to find it, but I haven't seen it mentioned as much as it should be.
The site is E-LIS, The Repository for E-prints in Library and Information Science. In a nutshell it's an international full text open-access repository for material (papers, presentations, etc) related to library and info science. The long "about E-LIS" story is here.
So what's so cool about it? 1) Full text material related to your area of interest/expertise; here are 47 items related to "distance education" (GASP! There are distance librarians outside of North America!). 2) A place for other people to access your writings and presentations; deposit here and you'll be famous; crawled by Google AND Libworm! 3) Usage statistics; see how many folks are accessing your material, or material in general. Holy cow, look at the usage statistics!
If you've published and are unsure whether you're allowed to post your material in a repository, check the SHERPA RoMEO Publisher copyright & self-archiving policies list.
Please give it a look, and please consider popping some of your material up. Oh, and even if you DO have your own institutional repository, you can still duplicate your material here.
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