SU Libraries are proud to announce the launch of SOAR@SU (Shared Open Access Repository) October 21, 2015, the University’s first institutional repository! It is SU’s contribution to the larger MD-SOAR project, currently funded by the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium (usmai.org).
SOAR@SU provides an innovative way for the library to increase the global visibility of the work of Salisbury University’s faculty and students. Often scholarly work and research is hidden behind publisher paywalls, and interested individuals must either be attached to institutions with a wealthy library, or be able to afford memberships to access them. By limiting the audience in this way, this model also limits the discoverability and potential impact of scholarly work.
SOAR@SU offers the SU community the ability to self-archive digital outputs of their work, and make them openly available to the world. It provides stable URIs for all materials and will be curated to maximize its visibility for search tools such as Google Scholar, as well as to ensure continued access in the future.
By providing access to the scholarship produced here at Salisbury University in this way, the library encourages the opportunities for these works to spark collaborations with other academics nationally and internationally. It also increases the possibility of these works being put in action and applied outside the academic arena, thus demonstrating the value SU scholarship can have in local communities and beyond.
SOAR@SU also offers graduate and undergraduate students the chance to build their academic portfolios by including outstanding examples of their work in its digital collections. Additionally, SOAR@SU has the capability to host online journals. By serving as an author, reviewer, or editor, students can gain valuable experience with the scholarly communications process that will serve them well as they move forward in their careers.
SOAR@SU is example of how SU Libraries continue to adapt to the changing scholarly communication landscape and are constantly looking for new ways to support our patrons. In the past, our focus has been to support our patrons’ intellectual inquiry by providing them access to scholarly works from around the world. Now we can also provide the world with access to the works of our scholars.
The SOAR@SU workflow includes a copyright check of all materials that are made openly available, whether those files are uploaded to the system, or sent to the SOAR@SU team.
Should a copyright concern arise with any material in SOAR@SU there is a take-down procedure in place to asses the concern and take appropriate action quickly.