Opening Science with Institutional Repository

A Case Study of Vilnius University Library


  • Jūratė Kuprienė Vilniaus Universitetas, LT
  • Žibutė Petrauskienė Vilnius University Library, LT



cooperation, metrics, national repository, university libraries, open science


The future strategies for opening science have become important to libraries which serve scientific institutions by providing institutional repository infrastructures and services. Vilnius University Library provides such an infrastructure for Vilnius University, which is the biggest higher education institution in Lithuania (with more than 20,200 students, 1,330 academic staff members, and 450 researchers ), and manages services and infrastructure of the national open access repository eLABa and the national open access data archive MIDAS. As the new platforms of these repositories began operating in the beginning of 2015, new policies and routines for organizing work with scientific publications and data had to be implemented. This meant new roles for the Library and librarians, too. The University Senate approved the new Regulations of the Library on 13 June 2017 with the task to develop the scholarly communication tools dedicated to sustaining open access to information and open science. Thus, Vilnius University Library performs the leading role in opening science by providing strategic insights and solutions for development of services dedicated to researchers, students and the public in Lithuania. As it was not presented properly at the international level before, this article presents the case of Vilnius University Library which actively cooperates with other Lithuanian academic institutions, works in creating and coordinating policies, conducts research on the improvements and services of eLABa and MIDAS, and suggests and implements the integral solutions for opening science.


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Author Biographies

  • Jūratė Kuprienė, Vilniaus Universitetas, LT

    Dr. Jūratė Kuprienė continues her career in business and do some research independently since 2018. She was a researcher at Vilnius University Faculty of Communication and a Director for innovations and infrastructure development at the Vilnius University Library for ten years before. She completed her Ph.D. in 2012. Her research interests lie in the area of information and data organization, library information systems development. Jurate has worked as an expert in the number of national projects related to the development of library information systems, Lithuanian national repository eLABa, Lithuanian research data archives MIDAS and LiDA, the international research database Lituanistika. She has been a coordinator of eLABa Consortium 2010-2015. Jurate has participated actively in several international projects: 2001-2003 EU project Cultivate-CEE under IST FP5, 2006-2009 EU project DigitalPreservationEurope under IST FP7; 2011-2013 EU project DigCurV under Leonardo Da Vinci. She has been a member of LIBER Working Group on Scientific Information Infrastructures 2013-2015. She was a representative of the Vilnius University at Confederation of Open Access Repositories.

  • Žibutė Petrauskienė, Vilnius University Library, LT

    Dr. Žibutė Petrauskienė is a Director of Scholarly Communication and Technologies Department at Vilnius University Library since 2018. She was a head of the Scientific Information and Data Department. She has worked at Vilnius University Library since 1986. In 2008, she completed Ph.D. Head of Scientific Information and Data Department. Her main interests, research and activities are specialised in Open Science, Open Access, Scientific Communication, Scientometric and Bibliometric Research and Research Data Management.





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How to Cite

Opening Science with Institutional Repository: A Case Study of Vilnius University Library. (2018). LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 28(1), 1-24.