Location

KIPJ Room EF

Session Type

10-minute lightning talk

Start Date

28-4-2020 10:50 AM

End Date

28-4-2020 11:00 AM

Keywords

Social Justice, Institutional Repositories, Spiritans, Environmental Studies, Archives, Diversity

Abstract

The Duquesne Scholarship Collection (DSC), like so many others, was originally only home to Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Open Access Faculty Works, student research materials, and archival works. In order to thoughtfully expand the repository into something more dynamic and reflective of the university’s present, the DSC managers started with the strengths of the existing digital collections, and the formative documents of the university’s founding congregation, the Spiritans. This link to Spiritan charism allowed the DSC managers to add collections with a tilt towards social justice – collections that could be beneficial to those outside of the university community. The first two new collections that build on the university’s history are the Limpopo Resilience Lab, a collection relating to preservation of the Limpopo River basin in East Africa, and the Women in STEM collection, which highlights the research of women in traditionally underrepresented disciplines. During the session, the presenter will discuss how to make connections with disciplinary faculty and other groups on campus to encourage participation, how to relate those collections back to the university mission, and how, ultimately, the inclusion of such projects can increase the visibility of research projects and underrepresented groups on campus.

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Apr 28th, 10:50 AM Apr 28th, 11:00 AM

Lightning Talk: Positioning an Institutional Repository to Respond to Social Justice Issues

KIPJ Room EF

The Duquesne Scholarship Collection (DSC), like so many others, was originally only home to Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Open Access Faculty Works, student research materials, and archival works. In order to thoughtfully expand the repository into something more dynamic and reflective of the university’s present, the DSC managers started with the strengths of the existing digital collections, and the formative documents of the university’s founding congregation, the Spiritans. This link to Spiritan charism allowed the DSC managers to add collections with a tilt towards social justice – collections that could be beneficial to those outside of the university community. The first two new collections that build on the university’s history are the Limpopo Resilience Lab, a collection relating to preservation of the Limpopo River basin in East Africa, and the Women in STEM collection, which highlights the research of women in traditionally underrepresented disciplines. During the session, the presenter will discuss how to make connections with disciplinary faculty and other groups on campus to encourage participation, how to relate those collections back to the university mission, and how, ultimately, the inclusion of such projects can increase the visibility of research projects and underrepresented groups on campus.