An institutional repository is a type of digital repository focused on collecting, managing, and disseminating important digital content produced by the members of an institution like a university. The TAMU-CC repository (https://tamucc-ir.tdl.org/) is open to all members of the university community to contribute content for persistent long-term access and management. Management activities include preservation activities, application of metadata standards to promote discovery and access, and persistent links to content for use in citing and linking to works.
The TAMU-CC Repository collects and provides long term public access to the scholarly output of the students, staff, faculty, and researchers of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in order to increase the exposure and impact of scholarship at TAMU-CC and to raise the profile of TAMU-CC scholarship on the World Wide Web. The repository is also the main digital dissemination platform for library special collections.
Users can post open access versions of their scholarship in the repository for online access by the public. The objective of including an open access version of faculty works in an institutional repository is to enable open versions of academic literature to be found, re-used, and have impact beyond what is possible if works are only available behind a paywall. Essentially, hosting published works in a repository makes them more accessible, which means works will be seen, read, and used by more users, expanding the reach of published works beyond who has access to the particular journal in which the work was published. The library can help users verify permissions and rights for posting scholarly works online. A persistent link for each item in the repository is available for use in linking to the work from personal and departmental web pages, CVs, and other documents.