WKU’s online repository, known as TopSCHOLAR®, passed the two million download mark on Jan. 20, 2016. The database houses the research and creative activity of WKU’s scholarly community of faculty, staff and students. As an open access repository, anyone can access and download the materials for free from anywhere in the world.
“This is such tremendous news for us,” said Deana Groves, Department Head for Library Technical Services. “TopSCHOLAR® showcases the research and creative activity of WKU. It’s so pleasing to know that scholars from across the world are discovering our materials for their academic needs. It is a true testament to the quality of creative works and research being produced by WKU faculty and students.”
According to Todd Seguin, WKU Libraries Scholarly Communication Specialist, more than 120 countries from across the globe accessed TopSCHOLAR® last year at an average of one download per minute. “We have over 800 disciplines and close to 20,000 works from our scholarly community at WKU,” Seguin said.
In his position, Seguin works with faculty and students to organize, disseminate, promote and preserve their research and other creative materials. He also offers assistance in developing professional web pages for faculty and clarifying publisher copyright policies.
Faculty on campus understand and acknowledge the benefits. “I use TopSCHOLAR® to reach nurses and other health professionals worldwide,” said Dr. Beverly Siegrist, Graduate Program Coordinator for WKU School of Nursing. “The ease of use and the training provided has been wonderful.”
The largest public research body in Spain, known as Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), ranked TopSCHOLAR® in the top 8 percent within the United States. Out of 3,280 U.S. repositories TopSCHOLAR® was placed at 242 based on size, visibility, and rich files.
“These numbers illustrate how digitally competitive WKU is in comparison to universities throughout the nation,” said Seguin.
To learn more, go to digitalcommons.wku.edu or contact Todd Seguin at (270) 745-6160.
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