The American Library Association Institutional Repository (ALAIR) is an open access repository, committed to collecting, permanently storing, and providing digital access to the publications and intellectual work of the American Library Association. It is organized into communities reflecting the Divisions, Offices, Committees, and Roundtables that make up ALA.
The ALAIR is managed by the American Library Association Archives at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This repository is an extension of the services provided by the ALA Archives. We invite ALA staff and members to deposit documents directly into ALAIR. Please contact us for assistance with bulk uploads or for more information about ALAIR.
In 2013, the ALA Archives coordinated work under a pilot project, launching an institutional repository for the American Library Association. Responding initially to a need expressed by ALCTS members for a digital repository for its section, the ALA Archives has collaborated with ALCTS in developing a digital repository for the American Library Association as a whole, focusing on a means to preserve publications and other digital-born records.
The ALA Archives has worked with DuraSpace to create ALAIR for digital-born records and publications, using their DSpaceDirect service. DSpaceDirect provides a cost effective technical platform, including technical support, site maintenance, and preservation services via DuraCloud. All content is mirrored in two separate Amazon services, S3 and Glacier. Currently the repository comprises of 1 terabyte of storage space, with the ability to add more space if needed.
ALAIR is organized into individual communities and sub-communities that reflect the structure of the committees, divisions, offices, and round tables as represented on the ALA’s main page and in ALA itself. Each community and sub-community page is customized with a description and logo, if applicable, of the individual ALA units.
By the end of January 2014, ALAIR was live and able to accept deposits. Currently only ALA staff members can log in to deposit materials, however this will change as the ALA Archives is working with DSpaceDirect to open the submission process to all ALA members.
Pilot funding for the Digital Archives Project was coordinated by Charles Wilt. The ALA Archives would like to thank Charles and the Divisions which supported the ALAIR project for their generous support: AASL, ALCTS, ALSC, ACRL, RUSA, LITA, PLA, and ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section. A special word of thanks goes to the ALA Library and to Karen Muller.