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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ball State University Audio Recordings and Faculty Lectures Now Available in DMR

Gerald Ford at Ball State, 1985
Did you know that former U.S. President Gerald Ford visited and spoke at Ball State University on March 28, 1985?  Ball State students and faculty and researchers worldwide can now access a recording of his speech as well as recordings of other significant Ball State events, lectures, and presentations in the Ball State University Historic Audio Recordings collection, one of two collections recently added to the Digital Media Repository

In addition, students, faculty and researchers can now access the Ball State University Faculty Lecture Series collection which provides online access to published, digitized lectures given by Ball State University faculty members dating from 1965 to 1981.

The Ball State University Historic Audio Recordings collection at present contains 30 digitized audio recordings and will continue to expand as more recordings are digitized.  Significant Ball State events documented in the collection include commencements, building dedications, and the Ball State University Recognition Day ceremony on February 12, 1965 honoring Ball State's being awarded University status. Other notable campus guests whose visits are documented in the collection include Indiana Congressman Andy Jacobs, noted anthropologist Ethel Alpenfels, and journalist and author John Howard Griffin.

Richard Wires' lecture "Victory Revisited -- an Exploration
of the German Peace" is now available in the DMR.

The Ball State University Faculty Lecture Series documents the work of Ball State faculty members in many fields, including the humanities, natural and social sciences, architecture, business, education, and visual and performing arts.

Users can access items in the collection by volume or by individual lecture. The collection's homepage contains a list of all individual lectures available in this collection arranged alphabetically by lecturer.

For more information about these and other archival collections, contact Ball State University Archives and Special collections at