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Emily Symonds Stenberg,


Open Scholarship provides access to the scholarly output of faculty, staff, and students from Washington University in St. Louis by gathering it in one place. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Senate passed the Open Access Resolution in order to make "scholarship and creative works freely and easily available to the world community." The Open Scholarship site was officially launched on March 26, 2012 as a platform for realizing this goal. Powered by bepress's Digital Commons, and supported by the Libraries’ Digital Library Services, Open Scholarship is a further step in the University's commitment to open access. However, populating the collections beyond electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) has been inconsistent, and most faculty materials are added one article at a time across a handful of departments. In summer 2014, the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department contacted its subject librarian Lauren Todd about moving their technical reports from the department’s private SharePoint repository to Open Scholarship. Todd consulted with Emily Stenberg, the Digital Publishing and Digital Preservation librarian. Together with the CSE project manager and an involved professor, Todd and Stenberg formulated a plan to develop a collection in which faculty could submit their new reports and the subject librarian could administer the collection. They also established a local workflow making use of GoogleDrive (based on a workflow documented by Cleveland State University librarians) to batch upload earlier technical reports from the department’s SharePoint site. This was the first collection developed in Open Scholarship for an entire department in a comprehensive manner. The scope of the collection expanded beyond technical reports to include other faculty contributions, including conference materials and published research. The CSE collection has led to other engineering collections in Open Scholarship and extended the range of materials available in the repository.



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Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication | Scholarly Publishing


Expanded version of a session presented at the 2015 MOBIUS Annual Conference, June 2, 2015, Columbia, MO



Engineering a New Home: Creating a Repository Collection for Faculty