Lehigh Preserve: Open Access to Lehigh Scholarship

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Lehigh’s new institutional repository, Lehigh Preserve, is an online open access archive of Lehigh scholarly output. Since June 2012, 3,937 items have been uploaded, including theses, dissertations, Fritz Lab Reports, ATLSS reports, photographs, and posters and programs from theatrical productions. In addition to historic photographs of Lehigh, Special Collections has uploaded exhibition catalogs that date from 1958 to the mid-1980s. The nearly 4,000 items in Lehigh Preserve have been downloaded a total of 162,846 times. LTS envisions Lehigh Preserve as a way to support the University’s mission by greatly expanding access to scholarly materials from Lehigh authors and invigorating worldwide scholarly conversation.

Lehigh Preserve is led by Humanities Librarian Heather Simoneau under the direction of Christine Roysdon, Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications. It is hosted by Digital Commons, a repository platform created by BePress. In addition to hosting institutional repositories, the Digital Commons platform gives Lehigh access to a popular journal editing software package called EdiKit. LTS will soon publish the first issue of a new scholarly journal, edited by College of Education faculty member Alex Wiseman called FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education. Faculty members interested in publishing new open access journals should contact preserve@lehigh.edu.

This fall, Lehigh Preserve will embark on expanding the collection of open access material to encompass a vast range of current and historic Lehigh scholarship. We are presently researching pre-1923 Lehigh faculty publications as we look toward Lehigh’s 150th celebration. Special Collections will be adding the historic publications of the Institute of Research to Lehigh Preserve. LTS also hopes to use Lehigh Preserve to spark a campus conversation on an open access mandate similar to the one recently passed at the University of California. Watch the Library’s blog, Sages of the Pages, and follow us on Twitter at @LehighLTS for more open access news and events.