St. Mary's University School of Law

Sarita Kenedy East Law Library

Sarita Kenedy East Law Library
United States

Primary Contact:
Wilhelmina Randtke
Electronic Services Librarian

Program Overview

The goal of the repository is to promote the intellectual output from the School of Law, make materials available to the world to promote scholarship, and to have materials indexed in search engines, Google Scholar, and .

Year publishing activities began: 2013

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (0.15)

Funding sources (%): library materials budget (10); grants (90)

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); monographs (2); technical/research reports (7); faculty conference papers and proceedings (45); newsletters (8); All is dissemination of material produced by the School of Law. The library does not produce material; though. Some additional types of material are video recordings of Supreme Court of Texas proceedings. These were filmed by the School of Law; so are produced internally; then disseminated by the law library. We also have one data set in support of a faculty publication.

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: law; social justice; water and environmental law; local history; legal ethics

Top publications: The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice; The Barrister News; The Witan

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty; graduate students

External partners: The St. Mary's Law Journal and The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice.

Publishing platform(s): Omeka

Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion. The goal is to manually run a check sum report on archived files. It would be straightforward to make a program to overlay a set of files, do a check sum report, then later do that same report and flag the values that changed. It does not have to integrate with the repository - instead just run on any file set on any LAMP server. The BagIt library is one possible framework to start on. But really, institutional support is lacking. The immediate threat to the repository is that within the library only I can code, the IT department is not able to provide assistance, and I am not supervisory so I cannot cross train because I cannot command another employee's time. If the institution does not value digital publishing, then digital publishing will not be sustained long term. Check sums and bit rot are secondary. There is also a gender discrimination problem in technology which halves the talent pool.

Additional services: analytics; metadata; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Get a hosted for fee backup service, because not enough staff can export and import MySQL databases.
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