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Institutional Repository

CUNY has a DSpace powered institutional repository available for use by all CUNY libraries. The URL for the system is:

Each CUNY library has an existing community in the system that can be used to build collections and create additional sub-communities. Currently, LaGuardia Community College provides technical support for the institutional repository as a service to the larger CUNY community. Contact Karen Bobb at LaGuardia Community College for account and access information.

Collection policies:
Collections which are added to DSpace must be open access and available for use by the public. Items which are under embargo may have placeholder records added to the system until such a time as they are available for open use.

Batch loading of large record sets is not supported. Items must be added individually via the DSpace interface.

Privacy compliance:
No personally-identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, medical records or medical insurance data covered by HIPAA may be stored in DSpace.

Staff user accounts:
Accounts on DSpace are available only to CUNY librarians. To receive an account on DSpace, place a request to Karen Bobb at LaGuardia Community College via email. Make sure to include DSpace Account Request in the subject line of your email and also provide a valid email address that ends in

The authentication scheme for CUNY library staff users is via password.

Training and support:
Staff at LaGuardia Community College support the creation of user accounts and manage user permissions. Additionally, LaGuardia provides assistance with setting up and adding to collections using the default DSpace interface.

Issues relating to metadata standards and licensing are the responsibility of the local campus.