Via Sapientiae is DePaul’s Institutional Repository where faculty and students are publishing their scholarly papers, journals, conferences and other works online for the world to see.
Much has changed over the five years since the repository launched so administrators of Via Sapientiae decided to meet at their first Via User Group, a new quarterly meeting at the John T. Richardson Library, to discuss scholarly communication at DePaul.
Hosted by the Library’s Coordinator for Digital Services, M Ryan Hess, the meeting included representatives from the College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Science and Health and the Office of Mission and Values.
Via Sapientiae has grown to nearly 100,000 page views per year with 80% of those visitors coming from outside Chicago and 36% coming from overseas. Leading this activity are student dissertations and theses as well as some of the online journals hosted on Via, such as the DePaul Law Review, Vincentian Heritage Journal and DePaul Discoveries.
The group discussed new uses of Via for publishing conference proceedings, like the Academic High-Altitude Conference, and for hosting partner program content such as DePaul’s Oral History Workshop for CPS and student projects like the Geography Department’s Map of the Month.
Also discussed were a major release of Selected Works®, where 136 DePaul faculty have posted 1,604 articles, white papers, book chapters and other scholarly work.
Finally, the Library presented its own plans for the repository, including new Digital Services workshops to help faculty use Via and Selected Works® and our ongoing outreach efforts to make faculty aware of the Library’s Digital Services we provide.
The next Via User Group will be held on September 21st at 11:00am in the library program room JTR 115, in Kelly Hall outside the John T. Richardson Library. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to join the discussion. If you have questions about using Via for your own work or that of your students, please contact Ryan Hess, Digital Services Coordinator.