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New Scholars’ Open Archive Connects UVU Faculty

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November 24, 2009
For Immediate Release

For more information: Catherine McIntyre (801) 863-8821
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Alex Strickland (801) 863-6351

A new web-based program introduced in this fall will allow Utah Valley University scholars to share their work and research with each other and the wider world. The Scholars’ Open Archive lets faculty and staff post their published, pre-published or just plain interesting work on a database they can manage that will be accessible to co-workers and indexed by search engines such as Google.

“I think it’s going to be seen in a positive light as a centralized, professional-looking site to showcase research, and could be useful for retention, tenure and promotion purposes” said UVU Library Archivist Catherine McIntyre, who is managing the system through the library.

McIntyre said that while the library is overseeing the service, individual faculty members have total control over their own pages and can post or remove work at will, all free of cost. They will also be privy to data reports that will show how many times a certain paper or page has been viewed or downloaded.

“It’s free to faculty and staff and it can handle all sorts of media formats from papers to PowerPoints, as well as audio and visual presentations,” McIntyre said.

UVU Web Resources Director Anne Arendt was among the first to set up a page on the database, including a few papers and her curriculum vitae, and praised both its ease of use and the flexible nature that allows different people to use it toward different ends.

“A problem with UVU’s existing professor pages is that they’re restricted to only one PDF document,” she said. “With this you can post as much as you want.”

Arendt and McIntyre pointed out that posting papers or other information to a personalized site doesn’t affect copyright or ownership of the paper. UVU doesn’t assume any rights to the documents, it’s just like having “a big vitae” online, Arendt said.

The online service, which is used by more than 60 institutions around the country, has about 160,000 papers posted in its searchable database. Though only a few dozen individuals from UVU have started a page so far, McIntyre said she’s planning to make the rounds of department meetings and place information in campus notifications to raise awareness about the fledgling opportunity.

“I’ll also be offering some informational sessions to help people get started setting up their site,” McIntyre said. “If I can do it, anybody can do it.”

To view the UVU Scholars’ Open Archive, visit http://www.uvu.edu/library/openarchive.html.

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