July 14th, 2016 | Tags : IR All-Stars, Iowa State University | Category : Education & Outreach

2016 IR All-Star: Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University

CaptureIowa State University’s Digital Repository Coordinator, Harrison W. Inefuku, is making waves and a name for himself within both his local community and the scholarly communications community. We are very excited to announce him as another of our 2016 IR All-Stars.

With a passion for reporting and an eye for design, Harrison engages stakeholders with the creative ways he shares metrics and statistics from Digital Repository @ Iowa State University. Harrison has been an early adopter of all Digital Commons reporting tools, using them to create high-impact reports as well as a poster that he presented at last month’s Open Repositories conference. In perhaps his most creative use of metrics, he used one department’s success to encourage equal participation from other departments.

But reporting and sharing statistics are just one piece of Harrison’s repository marketing strategy. Harrison blogs about repository milestones; links the repository to related resources; speaks at various events; and creates faculty-centered documents that clearly explain author rights and versioning, making it as easy for them to interact with the repository as possible.

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University has become a sizeable and robust repository under Harrison’s direction, and with the support of his team – Hope Mitchell, Susan Knippel, Lorrie Smith, Lisa Gilbert, Susan Rappenwolf, and all of their past and present student assistants. The repository sees active participation from numerous individuals, departments, and groups across campus. His marketing efforts, design sense, and ability to recognize potential campus content partners have led to an enviable collection of diverse content. In addition to articles, faculty content includes a collection of patents, technical reports, conference papers, institute reports, and books, among other items.  And to clearly align with the repository with larger institutional goals, Harrison has created a collection of Extension and Outreach materials, showing how the IR carries “Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa.”

Harrison has not only provided valuable services to his campus; he also regularly gives back to the larger scholarly communications community, presenting at conferences, writing book chapters and articles, and making the repository resources he’s created openly available to others. His thoughtful contributions help the entire community advance.

We congratulate Harrison on his success, and the success of DR@ISU!