This poster session presents the findings of a survey study that was designed to evaluate how academic libraries have addressed FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) compliance issues when collecting and distributing student scholarship in their institutional repositories (IRs). While doctoral research institutions were initially the main implementers of IRs, IR activities have also become more widespread recently among smaller institutions enrolling mostly undergraduate students. Reflecting this trend, undergraduates have increasingly become major contributors of scholarly content in many IRs today. One of the key implications of the growing presence of student works in IRs is that IR managers now need to consider ways to comply with FERPA, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. While failure to comply could pose potential legal jeopardy to most U.S. academic libraries and their parent institutions, FERPA compliance has been a barely explored question in the recent library literature. Poster session visitors will learn about what FERPA policies and procedures are currently used for student works by IR librarians in the United States and will come away with new, valuable data and insights needed to understand current best practices for complying with the federal regulations protecting students’ privacy when handling their intellectual output in IRs.
Yuji Tosaka– Cataloging/Metadata Librarian, The College of New Jersey