Lots of universities these days are collecting the scholarly output of their faculty in what are called Institutional Repositories, or IR’s. The librarians at ECU have created an IR called The ScholarShip, and encourage not just faculty, but all ECU staff and students to deposit their work. And by “work”, we’re talking about papers, documents, presentation slides, and any other documented activity created while working or studying at ECU.
The deposit process is easy and only takes about the same amount of time as it would to upload a picture on a photo sharing website. And if you ever leave East Carolina University the file will be maintained, so if you want to share the link to your work with others or add it to your CV, you can be assured it will not change. And anyone doing a Google search can find your work. So, let’s say there’s someone else out there in the world doing the same kind of research you are doing – if they Google the search terms that you use to tag your work in your ScholarShip records, they will be able to easily discover your scholarly activities There’s lots more information about this on the deposit process page: http://thescholarship.ecu.edu/deposit.
The ScholarShip is also now the home of ECU’s theses and dissertations. If you want to see what our graduating students have researched and created while at ECU, please check it out – theses, dissertations, and all other types of documents are browsable here.