University of Louisville

Archives & Special Collections

Academic Library · United States

Sarah Frankel, Open Access & Repository Coordinator

Program Overview

ThinkIR is an open access digital repository that provides worldwide access to the scholarship of the University of Louisville community. Through ThinkIR, faculty and graduates can highlight their scholarship, accomplishments, and successes as researchers for a global audience, increasing their visibility and making new connections. As a core commitment of University Libraries, ThinkIR also preserves that scholarship for future researchers.
  • Publishing activities began: 2015
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2.5
  • Individual people: 4
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget; Non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 7
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 4
  • Campus-based student-created: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 6
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1


Top Publications:
  • University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections (journal)
  • The mark of the Devil: Medical Proof in Witchcraft Trials. (Graduate thesis)
  • Madwomen and Mad Women: An Analysis of the Use of Female Insanity and Anger in Narrative Fiction, from Vilification to Validation. (undergraduate thesis)
  • Journal of Student Financial Aid (journal)
  • An analysis of Hindi Women-Centric Films in India. (Graduate thesis)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Respiratory infections
  • Undergraduate research
  • Undergraduate composition instruction
  • Student financial aid
  • Horse racing


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate students; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • analytics
  • contract/license preparation
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • metadata
  • open URL support
  • outreach
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3
  • MetaArchive