All the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, and various points along the way, Harrison Inefuku has joined the ISU Library as our first Digital Repository Coordinator. Harrison will be in charge of our institutional repository through Digital Commons, where we hope to provide open access (no-cost, online access to scholarly research results that are free of most copyright and licensing restrictions) to our electronic theses and dissertations, publications from our faculty, gray materials produced by departments and centers on campus, and much, much more. He will also work very closely with Digital Collections, help establish digital preservation policies, and develop our electronic records management program.

Harrison has a dual BFA in Graphic Design and BA in Visual Culture from the University of the Pacific, and a dual Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Archival Studies, and Library and Information Studies.  It sounds like he needs a dual position here as well–we’ve got plenty of ideas and we certainly don’t want him getting bored!

After graduate school, Harrison was an ARL Fellow at the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health, where he developed a set of preservation workflows for electronic records acquired by NLM’s Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program. Just before joining us here, he worked on an InterPARES 3 Project “Digital Records Forensics Project and University Institutional Repositories: Copyright and Long-Term Preservation Project.”

Even though he is so early in his career, Harrison has already given a number of presentations and poster sessions on institutional repositories at national conferences. So look for him at ALA, SAA, and other conferences in the near future.

We are excited to get our institutional repository off the ground and to work with Harrison. We will have him share his experiences with you, here, on the blog.  So far, his adventures revolve around life in Ames, Iowa: he was relieved to find that Spam is cheap. We’ve got him roped in; he thinks everything is on sale, all of the time. Ah, the joys of living in the Midwest.