I have to say that our contributor pages are wonderful. I love looking at these pages to see all the downloads the contributors have. Plus we can send a link to the faculty member and this is one way to show faculty how the repository provides value to them withour having to change their work practices. This is very important because our research faculty just like the rest of us don’t want to be any busier!
Here is the contributor page for one of our faculty members:
The contributor page also serves another very useful purpose: it lists all works for a particular author. Since we have name authority control we can relate all publications to a given author even when they have published under different names!
Check it out here:
Name Authority Control Example
Another one of the major problems we had in our old DSpace system was we could not qualify the type of contribution a person made – everyone was an Author. There were no composers, photographers, thesis advisors. What a pain! In the new system, we made sure this was fixed and boy was the Music Library happy. We now have composers!
I hope Bach would be pleased!
I hope our thesis advisors are happy too:
From the sound of things, our faculty are starting to talk about how they can see all the downloads for their publications.