Promoting Student Scholarship on Via Sapientiae

DePaul’s institutional repository, Via Sapientiae, supports student scholarship as faculty across the university begin to see the opportunities for teaching and professional development offered by this library-administered publishing platform.

Built on the Digital Commons online publishing platform and administered by the University Library, Via Sapientiae supports the open access publishing needs of DePaul University. But what makes the platform so remarkable is its ease of use while still providing powerful and customizable publishing and review workflows. The platform also boasts Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which means that anything going into Via will rise to the top of search engine results.

Student Journals

The faculty-edited Journal of Religion and Business Ethics and Vincentian Heritage Journal were early adopters of Via Sapientiae, but lately, it is the sphere of student scholarship that is growing the fastest. Mille-Feuille Magazine Littraire, a student poetry journal, began publishing on Via Sapientiae in 2011, when Director of the French Program, Pascale-Anne Brault PhD, wanted a way to showcase the work of her students, who produce an annual collection of poems in French. In addition to producing an annual collection, as of  2014, Professor Brault has also retrospectively published 19 years’ worth of student poems, with their 20th edition going online this year. Two more student journals are preparing to go online in the very near future.

In the College of Science and Health, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, working with Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Studies, Judy Bramble, PhD, are preparing to publish DePaul Discoveries this May, a journal of original student research.

The student-run DePaul Law Review is making plans to move to Via Sapientiae this year, and will include several years of back-issues. Associate Dean of Technology and Library Services, Allen Moye is working with the student editorial board and their Faculty Advisor, Professor Max Helveston, to facilitate this transition. Many law schools have already moved their publications to a digital format, and using the repository platform, with its ease of functionality and SEO just makes sense, said Moye. He added, We hope to add more of our specialized journals from the College of Law in the coming years. Moye and the College of Laws Communications Director, Kortney Moore, are also considering publishing conference proceedings using Via.

Student Projects

Another area of activity is the publication of student projects, from a number of courses and programs. One of the first student collections in Via launched in 2010, when visual artist and Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design, Laura Kina, MFA, approached the Library with an idea for putting her students’ work online. Three years later, the Asian American Art Oral History Project now contains interviews with 68 artists along with a gallery of 214 images.

Having enjoyed her experience with Mille-Feuille Magazine Littraire, Professor Brault of the French Program, created another collection of her students’ Napoleon Translations, which include historical broadsides, pamphlets and memoirs, all drawn from the DePaul Special Collections and Archives.

Our most recent additions of student scholarship come from Associate Professor and Chair of the Geography Department, Euan Hague, PhD and Professor Julie Hwang, PhD, who wanted to migrate their Community GIS and Map of the Month collections to Via. They are currently putting the final touches on their site and will officially launch soon.

Other Services and Content Available on Via

Via has much more potential and we are noticing a significant increase in requests for new collections, journals and other community sites. In fact, Via can handle many kinds of scholarly work, including managing seminar and conference proceedings and publishing e-books.

If you have an idea for a collection, you can contact M Ryan Hess, Library Web Services Coordinator in the Library to get your student scholarship online.

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