Valparaiso University

Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

Christopher Center Library Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Jonathan Bull
Scholarly Communication Services Librarian

Program Overview

ValpoScholar, a service of the Christopher Center Library and the Valparaiso University Law Library, is a digital repository and publication platform designed to collect, preserve, and make accessible the academic output of Valpo faculty, students, staff, and affiliates.

Year publishing activities began: 2011

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (2); graduate students (1); undergraduate students (2)

Funding sources (%):

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (4); student-driven journals (3); technical/research reports (5); faculty conference papers and proceedings (10); student conference papers and proceedings (125); newsletters (1); ETDs (20); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (30); other conference proceedings

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: business and leadership ethics; creative writing (fiction); law

Top publications: Valparaiso Law Review (journal); Valparaiso Fiction Review (journal); The Journal of Values-Based Leadership (journal); Third World Legal Studies (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 15

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); CONTENTdm

Digital preservation strategy: no digital preservation services provided

Additional services: typesetting; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; ISSN registration; open URL support; dataset management; peer review management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: This is a growing service that appears to be needed and well-received on campus. We expect only growth in the future, along with external partnerships and more faculty-student collaboration.
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