Valparaiso University

Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

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: professional staff (1);paraprofessional staff (0.5); undergraduate students (0.25)

Funding sources (%): library materials budget (10); library operating budget (70); endowment income (20)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus-based faculty-driven journals (6); campus-based student-driven journals (2); monographs (1); textbooks (1); technical/research reports (6); faculty scholarship (1250); student scholarship (550); newsletters (5); ETDs (80); curricular maps (OERs)

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Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations

Disciplinary specialties: law; business; English literature; psychology; creative writing (fiction)

Top publications: Valparaiso University Law Review (journal); The Journal of Values-Based Leadership (journal); "Using SPSS to Understand Research and Data Analysis" (OER); Journal of Tolkien Research (journal); Valparaiso Fiction Review (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 50

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

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

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; LOCKSS; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: print-on-demand; typesetting; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata ISSN registry; open URL support; peer review management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Adding DOI creation to all professional journals
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