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About ScholarWorks

ScholarWorks is a collection of services designed to capture and showcase all scholarly output by the Boise State University community. These services include:

  • Identifying and making available via the ScholarWorks web site documents and files produced by the faculty, research groups, and students of Boise State University.
  • Creation of SelectedWorks pages which highlight the scholarly accomplishments of each individual faculty member.
  • Distribution of regular reports that provide data on the impact and usage of faculty publications.
  • Access to simple and inexpensive electronic publishing of original series, journals, and monographs.
  • Promotion of research efforts via a searchable database, reports to key administrators and stakeholders, and coordination with other research recognition activities.

Posting a document provides faculty, staff, and students many advantages:

  • Enhances professional visibility and impact through broader dissemination and increased use of research.
  • Supports graduate scholarship by providing public access to theses and dissertations.
  • Provides a quick, effortless, and inexpensive method of sharing research.
  • Helps remove the significant access barriers to research and publicly funded scholarship.
  • Provides substantial support of Boise State’s scholarly communication efforts by facilitating the entire publishing and dissemination process.
  • Gives researchers information on how often their works are being used through monthly download reports.

ScholarWorks' Values Statement

The Boise State University Statement of Values and Standards of Conduct establishes a foundation for acceptable behavior. In addition to these university wide values, the ScholarWorks and Data Management unit has identified several additional values that should be expressed through our work.

  • INTEGRITY: We must demonstrate integrity in openly disseminating information resources and and exercise this value on the behalf of our patrons. As information management experts, we recognize that there are issues that must be addressed (privacy, preservation, access barriers, right to read, etc.) that are not always self-evident to the original creators. Therefore, we must utilize our skills and professional judgement to integrate the expectation of service to patrons with high quality information management.

  • EMPOWERMENT: The mission of libraries is to empower and we need to view empowerment for our patrons, our colleagues, and ourselves as an important quality to be valued. When developing policies, providing services, and designing tools and resources, we should consider if these actions enable the people affected to make informed decisions and appropriately exercise their free will.

  • DEMOCRATIZATION OF INFORMATION: This term is used to describe the free flowing of ideas and information. This is a value for our unit as we work to overcome fee barriers to academic resources ensuring access to information for all. When thinking of this value, it is also useful to consider related barriers such as censorship, mono-language resources, and cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities of patrons.

  • PATRON PERSPECTIVE: In all that we do, we should strive to see things from the perspective of the patron. This may include communicating in language that they will understand, respecting their concerns, prioritizing their problems, and supporting their goals and dreams.