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Repository Staff and Skills Set

Monday 28th July 2008

SHERPA would like to thank the SHERPA partners, UKCoRR members and the general repository community for their contributions and suggestions for the first revision of the Repository Staff and Skills Set document.

The original document was developed in response to requests the SHERPA core team received for examples of repository job descriptions. The document was not designed to describe the skills set required of a particular repository post but rather is a list of the entire set of skills, knowledge and abilities required for the development and management of a successful institutional repository.

The concise nature of the document has proved popular and feedback from the community shows that it has been used to develop job descriptions, plan repository development and staffing, seek funding from institutions, renegotiate salaries/job profiles and in identifying skill gaps and areas for staff training.

Although primarily aimed at the UK repository community, it has also been used by the repository community and projects in Australia, Spain and Ireland.

The content of this version is largely unchanged with the main additions relating to research evaluation processes such as the REF and the ability to use statistical/evaluative software.

To make the document easier to find we have added several links to the document on the website and the recently added "Search" option on the SHERPA homepage will hopefully assist in retrieval.

The document can be found under the SHERPA site's Guidance & Advocacy page ( or directly accessed following this link.

We hope this will be helpful to the repository community and welcome you comments and suggestions for improvement.

Mary Robinson, SHERPA European Development Officer


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