Monday, April 23, 2012

Ball State Students, Bolster Your Web Presence with Cardinal Scholar

Given today's competitive job market, it is essential that job seekers take every possible step to develop strong web presences that highlight their skills, experiences, and accomplishments.  Cardinal Scholar, Ball State University's institutional repository, provides Ball State students seeking employment or admission to graduate programs a valuable opportunity to provide worldwide open access to their scholarly work, thus enhancing their marketability and complementing their resumes.

Examples of valuable contributions to Cardinal Scholar include essays, presentations, projects, lesson plans, and videos.  By providing online access to these types of works in a repository environment, you as a student can cultivate a strong web presence that supports your resume and sets you apart from others seeking employment or admission.  In today's Web 2.0 environment, these proactive measures are crucial in ensuring success after graduation.

Cardinal Scholar's user-friendly depositing process allows
students to add information that describes their work.

Contributing your scholarly work to Cardinal Scholar, a self-deposit repository, is simple and straightforward.  This user-friendly contributor guide provides a complete explanation of how to not only upload your work but how to add helpful description that will emphasize your work's significance.  Once the work is deposited, a persistent URL will be created, allowing you to embed links to your scholarly contribution from online resumes, websites, and portfolios.  Of course, students who contribute their scholarship to Cardinal Scholar will retain full rights to their work.
The Cardinal Scholar team at Ball State University Libraries encourages all Ball State students to consider this exciting and unique opportunity to highlight scholarly work, accomplishments, and achievements by contributing to the Cardinal Scholar repository.  For more information, contact Michael G. Szajewski, Archivist for Digital Development & University Records, Ball State University Libraries.

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