Issues and strategy of institutional repositories (IR) in Bangladesh: a paradigm shift

Mukhlesur Rahman Md (Independent University Library, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Mezbah-ul-Islam Muhammad (Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Publication date: 28 January 2014



The aim of this paper was to identify various institutional repository (IR) initiatives taken by Bangladeshi institutions, including identifying prospects, exploring strategies, and framing guideline for building IRs in Bangladesh.


The paper is a general review and counts the development of IR practices in Bangladesh. Other secondary sources, such as research reports, articles and internet, are used. Discussions were also held with staff members of some other libraries, who intended to establish IR in their respective institutions. Data were collected from different institutions, currently practicing IRs in Bangladesh, through personal visit and website.


The study explored the existing status of practicing IRs in Bangladesh and identified the trends at national and global level of IRs. Results showed that some institutions established their repositories in Bangladesh using DSpace, others used Greenstone and EPrints.


This paper provides basic information for beginners and helps in planning to build IR in their respective organizations in Bangladesh.



Mukhlesur Rahman, M. and Mezbah-ul-Islam, M. (2014), "Issues and strategy of institutional repositories (IR) in Bangladesh: a paradigm shift", The Electronic Library, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 47-61.

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