Thursday, August 11, 2011

Introducing Cardinal Scholar 2.0

Ball State University Libraries is proud to introduce its new and improved institutional repository, Cardinal Scholar 2.0!

The Cardinal Scholar institutional repository is an online space designed to promote the university’s research publishing distribution strategies by providing open access to scholarly work produced by the Ball State University community and electronic records produced by Ball State and affiliated organizations and departments.  Designed as a user-deposit system, Cardinal Scholar encourages community members to contribute to its collection of digital assets.

This updated version of Cardinal Scholar uses DSpace digital asset management software to enhance access to resources uploaded to the repository and will encourage further contribution to the repository through its streamlined and simplified upload process. All items that had been previously uploaded Cardinal Scholar 1.0 have been moved to Cardinal Scholar 2.0.

In order to better organize its assets, the new Cardinal Scholar has been divided into two separate communities: Ball State Theses and Dissertations and Ball State University Records and Publications.

The Ball State Theses and Dissertations section contains scholarly works by Ball State students and is subdivided into the following communities:
The Ball State University Records and Publications community is structured according to the colleges, departments, and offices of the university, and includes the following types of items:
  • faculty scholarship
  • electronic educational assets
  • meeting minutes
  • newsletters
  • annual reports
  • promotional materials
  • presentations
  • programs
  • lecture materials
  • student group records
The Ball State University Records and Publications community serves as the online archival repository for Ball State University's electronic records.

Other improvements to Cardinal Scholar in version 2.0 include:
  •  The ability for Ball State State users to log in to Cardinal Scholar using their Ball State usernames and passwords
  • A streamlined, simplified upload procedure to facilitate user contribution
  • A broader list of item type terms to allow for more precise description and searching
  • An improved repository homepage that includes a built-in advanced search feature
  • Enhanced ability to conduct advanced searching within any category of assets
For more information about Cardinal Scholar, visit our FAQ page.  Interested in contributing to Cardinal Scholar?  Visit our Contributor Guide for more information.

Please direct any comments or questions to Michael G. Szajewski, Archivist for Digital Development & University Records, Ball State University Libraries.

The new Cardinal Scholar homepage.

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