Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Library Systems
United States

Primary Contact:
Margaret Heller
Digital Services Librarian

Program Overview

Loyola eCommons is an open-access, sustainable, and secure resource created to preserve and provide access to research, scholarship, and creative works created by the university community for the benefit of Loyola students, faculty, staff, and the larger academic community. Sponsored by the University Libraries, Loyola eCommons is a suite of online resources, services, and people working in concert to facilitate a wide range of scholarly and archival activities, including collaboration, resource sharing, author rights management, digitization, preservation, and access by a global academic audience.

Year publishing activities began: 2011

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); graduate students (.25); undergraduates (1.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (90); non-library campus budget (10)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based student-driven journals (1); faculty conference papers and proceedings (205); databases (1); ETDs (1425)

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Media formats: text; images; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: criminal justice; economics; social work; chemistry; theology

Top publications: Jane P. Currie, (2010) "Web 2.0 for reference services staff training and communication", Reference Services Review, Vol. 38 Iss: 1, pp.152 - 157; Milton's Use of the Epic Simile in Paradise Lost; Expressionism in the Plays of Eugene O'Neill; Comics and Conflict: War and Patriotically Themed Comics in American Cultural History From World War Ii Through the Iraq War; The Refractive Indices of Ethyl Alcohol and Water Mixtures

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Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students

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Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; analytics; author copyright advisory; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We have just begun publishing one journal and expect that this will expand.
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