The committee started with the LEADIRS Workbook written by Mary R. Barton and Margaret M. Waters of the MIT Libraries. The Workbook provided the commiittee a guide to stepping through the process of building an institutional repository. At this point the workbook is a bit dated, but provides a basic framework for decisions that need to be made during the implementation process. The LEADIRS Workbook can be downloaded from the DSpace@MIT repository, http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/26698.
DSpace Course helped guide the committee to learning more about the platform that was chosen to host the MSU IR, DSpace.
Another useful resource is the OpenDOAR directory. This list provides a weath of information about other repositories from around the world.
To teach the library faculty and staff about the IR, the committee started with the basics:
The Committee will develop the plan of action and the appropriate timeline for the implementation of the Institutional Repository. The Committee will develop the definition of the IR (scope), the appropriate policies, procedures, best practices, and marketing materials needed for a successful launch of the IR