Managing digital academic grey literature using D-Space at Strathmore University Library.
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to implement a system for the management of digital academic grey literature using D-Space software at Strathmore University. The specific objectives were to conduct a user needs assessment survey for grey literature, develop a service model to address the identified needs based on an institutional repository framework, establish policies for the repository management and develop strategies for usage of the repository. Data was collected using two online surveys administered to producers and users of grey literature. The results showed that users were currently experiencing access problems due to controlled working hours of the special collections unit of the library, and the difficulty in tracing grey literature. The grey literature producers also wanted a structured way of storing and sharing the grey literature they produce. A grey literature management system was set up using DSpace software. Appropriate policies were formulated to run the repository and marketing strategies established to stimulate usage. The research recommends improvements in future releases of DSpace to include Web2.0 support, integrate name and subject authority control and further studies be conducted on faculty adoption of institutional repository.