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O R E G O N S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y
L I B R A R I E S A N D P R E S S
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OSU Libraries and Press
Leading theWay
by Maura Valentino, Metadata Librarian
A
s one of the nation’s top research institutions, OSU’s
faculty members produce important and valuable
research in many fields. In the traditional paradigm
that has existed for many years, much of this research is acces-
sible only to a small segment of the population due to the fact
that such research is made available primarily through publi-
cation in scholarly journals. Such journals typically require a
fee for access to the information, which serves to restrict its
dissemination. Along with other institutions and organiza-
tions, OSU Libraries and Press has been at the forefront of
the development a new paradigm called Open Access. Open
Access is founded on the idea that scholarly output should be
available free of charge to anyone who desires access.
OSU Libraries and Press has long been a supporter of
Open Access. In 2005, OSU Libraries and Press created an
institutional repository, the ScholarsArchive@OSU, to store
and make available the research of the university. During
its 8-year history, ScholarsArchive@OSU has grown to en-
compass a wide range of faculty research publications and
data including graduate student theses and dissertations and
documents from the OSU Extension Service. OSU Libraries
and Press has been proactive in its efforts to develop a close
working relationship with faculty to increase submissions to
the ScholarsArchive@OSU, and has developed workflows
and tools that enable researchers to more easily add informa-
tion to the archive. As a result of these efforts, users can now
access diverse content ranging from advanced research in
nuclear physics to information on animal husbandry with no
fee or subscription.
Open Access services provided though ScholarsArchive@
OSU have benefited faculty, researchers, and the commu-
nity at large. Faculty members benefit through increased
citations of their scholarly output when compared to work
accessible only through pay for access portals. Under the
traditional paradigm, only individuals with subscriptions to
scholarly journals, or those associated with an institution
with a subscription, had access to their work. Now, through
ScholarsArchive@OSU, anyone in the world can access OSU
faculty research, including scholars, educators, policy-
makers and members of the community. Such increased reach
has resulted in some faculty articles being accessed on more
than 1,000 occasions. Another benefit to faculty is that they
can track how often their articles are downloaded from the
ScholarsArchive@OSU.
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