ASurvey of Academics’ opinion about using the institutional repository of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Document Type : مقالات پژوهشی


1 Professor of Library and Information Department, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

2 Master's student in librarianship and information at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad


Purpose:Ferdowsi University of Mashhad has developed its institutional repository (SAED) for academic staff to storage and manage their scholarly information. However, there is no knowledge about the extent to which academics use such an integrated system and the problems they face in storage and retrieval of their publications. The aim of this research is, therefore, to investigate the usage status and the problems that academics encounter in using SAED.

Method:Survey research and case study were selected for implementing the research. Data collection tool was a questionnaire developed by the researcher.

Findings:Findings reveal that using SAED was problematic for most academics. Most of them believe that data entry and modifying the information stored in SAED are their biggest problems. Lack of proper instructions are acknowledged as the main reasons for such problems. Recommendations are provided for the improvement of this repository.


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