Institutional Repository Hits 3 Million Downloads

As of the end of the spring 2019 semester, Seton Hall’s Institutional Repository officially surpassed 3 million downloads. The Repository is an online database comprised of scholarly pieces such as dissertations and theses written by Seton Hall students and faculty. University Libraries implemented this electronic resource in 2011 and partnered with Seton Hall Law, allowing worldwide viewers to access these works, download them, and use them for their research.

In less than 2 years, the online library has gained over one million additional downloads, having reached the 2 million download mark in July, 2017. “We are now averaging 600,000 downloads per year, which has doubled from previous years. The infrastructure we have through BePress allows for betters discoverability and search engine optimization of Seton Hall Scholarship around the world,” states Lisa DeLuca, Co-Manager of the Institutional Repository.

Seton Hall’s academic works have been accessed by over 52,600 institutions in over 232 countries. Some of our most highly recognized views come from organizations, companies, and government agencies such as LexisNexis, Facebook Inc., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Massachusetts General Hospital, US Dept of Justice, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and State of New Jersey – to name a few. Beyond Seton Hall, top users at other academic institutions have come from NYU, Rutgers University, Columbia University, Harvard University, and UCLA. Since the e-Repository enables digital content to be stored and viewed worldwide, most viewers outside of the US are located in the Philippines, the United Kingdom, India, Canada, and China.

Elizabeth Leonard, the Assistant Dean of Information Technologies and Collection Services believes that, “This current milestone, and the speed at which we achieved it, clearly demonstrated the quality of Seton Hall academics, and the value of our Institutional Repository in providing a platform upon which our scholar’s materials may be found.”

The eRepository contains theses and dissertations, open access research journals, departmental research projects, materials from the Petersheim Exhibition and many digital collections from University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Center. To view Seton Hall’s eRepository and begin your research, visit:

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Supporting Students and Faculty with an Institution-led Publishing Program

Seton Hall University (SHU) serves diverse stakeholders across its three New Jersey campuses by publishing a wide array of academic materials in its institutional repository (IR). From student-led journals, to theses (which currently have 1,467,560 downloads across 192 countries), to campus-wide events such as the Petersheim Academic Exposition, the eRepository @ Seton Hall University seeks to meet faculty and student publishing needs.

We are excited that the number of downloads from the IR is fast approaching 3 million. According to Sebastian Derry, Assistant Dean for Public Services at Seton Hall University Libraries, the eRepository reflects the library’s mission by providing access to theses and dissertations as well as supporting faculty’s interdisciplinary approach to research. Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are the most frequently downloaded documents from the repository, with 216,000 downloads from 30,877 institutions in 226 countries. SHU’s press release about reaching the milestone of 2 million downloads in 2017 underlined Derry’s point: “This is significant for the fact that the eRepository allows the University’s research to become a viable worldwide resource.”

Journal publishing

Our institution-led publishing program, managed by the SHU Libraries, includes a journal publishing program for the law school and the wider university. In fall 2018, Locus, a new undergraduate research journal created to feature excellent examples of undergraduate scholarship, was launched by the College of Arts & Sciences. The journal has since been viewed by 52 institutions in 43 countries. This is terrific exposure for students who want to build a digital portfolio, and it gives the editors valuable metrics to better understand their readership. Faculty advisor Nathan Kahl, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics, was delighted with the process and has become a fan of the institution-led publishing platform.

Locs Journal of Undergraduate Research logoSHU’s Catholic mission

SHU is a private Roman Catholic University, and the repository also ties into the Catholic mission, which focuses on community service and servant leadership. The open nature of the repository is a great service to the campus, local, and global communities. SHU believes that getting involved in the community teaches lessons that can’t be taught in any classroom. The use of the repository, whether for a student-run journal or a campus-wide event such as the Petersheim Exposition, allows SHU to share scholarship and campus resources. SHU’s commitment to the study of theology is also important. In additional to departmental collections, religion-focused journals include Arcadia: A Student Journal for Faith and Culture and Vocations – A Publication of the Center for Vocation & Servant LeadershipThe Catholic Advocate, the official publication of the Archdiocese of Newark from 1951 to 1987, is currently being uploaded into the repository’s digital collections to preserve our institutional history.

Open access journals

Open access journals are available to student organizations, academic and campus centers and administrative departments.  We have had great success with Political Analysis, a student-run journal which added an online presence to its printed issues in 2016 and has over 15,000 downloads globally. The editors and authors find the dashboard metrics very helpful to determine the global reach of student scholarship.

Political Analysis Journal logoFor more information about creating online journals, see Starting, Publishing, and Sustaining an Online Journal: Beginner’s Workshop which was presented at the Digital Commons Conference at The College at Brockport in 2016. This presentation can help other institutions create a framework to launch open access journals.

Open educational resources

To promote sharing among faculty, we created an Open Educational Resources collection on the repository to highlight projects from our Digital Humanities Committee, which sponsors multiple faculty programs per year.  We have also added faculty assignments that utilized PolicyMap, a GIS Lite mapping tool, from disciplines including anthropology, political science and health care administration. Many of the faculty from these different departments had not met prior to the PolicyMap rollout. Now, because of eRepository, they can track each other’s mapping assignments in their classes. PolicyMap continues to be a thread between departments to improve digital literacy among students and faculty communication through the IR.


The eRepository partners with diverse stakeholders to support faculty and student needs.  The next planned project is a syllabi repository for the School of Diplomacy and International Relations that will reduce paper storage and allow virtual sharing of syllabi. We are also excited to be taking in programs from the History Department’s symposia and more academic materials from across our campuses.  We will continue to work with the Office of Research and Grant Services (OGRS) to promote scholarship output and results for Seton Hall faculty, administrative departments and students.  Regular distribution of IR statistics are sent to university deans in an annual report. These reports showcase the excellent global maps that are created by the Digital Commons dashboard.

Map of theses and dissertations global downloads for Seton Hall University
Map of theses and dissertations global downloads for Seton Hall University

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Library Hours Summer 2019

#SHU_Libraries Summer Hours in effect

Tuesday, May 21st — Thursday, August 8th

Monday-Friday 8am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm

Library Closed
Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 25th — Monday, May 27th
4th of July Weekend Thursday, July 4th — Sunday, July 7th

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Kanopy Videostreaming Service Offered By Library For Faculty

Kanopy LogoKanopy, our on-demand streaming video service, is a wonderful resource and we are happy to see it being so well-used.  However, our library materials budget is limited and we cannot sustain the current level of spending. This academic year we have already spent over $14,000 to lease about 90 films (an important note here is that we do not own the films, we only purchase access to each one for one year). In order to continue this service we need to reduce the cost.

Previously, Kanopy films were automatically purchased after 30 seconds of viewing by any user with access to the library, including walk in visitors.

In an effort to eliminate purchases being triggered by casual users and focus on class-related use of the rich academic material included in Kanopy, we have made the following changes:

1. We removed films to which we do not have current access from the catalog. (We used to have all 21,000+ films listed, available for viewing and automatic triggering).

2. Kanopy films to which we do have current access still appear in the catalog for the use of the whole campus community. These will be removed at the end of the one-year subscription period. New films to which we have purchased access are added promptly to the catalog for immediate availability.

3. All films available through Kanopy can still be browsed via the database A-Z list; however, we have added a statement that films can only be requested by faculty:

Kanopy Database Screenshot

4. We moved the Kanopy films listing on Accessing Films at SHU so now Kanopy is part of Streaming for classroom use further supporting the idea that Kanopy films are for academic purposes rather than entertainment. Note that we have other streaming video resources listed there as well.

5. Faculty can browse, search and request Kanopy films directly through the Kanopy interface. Films to which we have access will appear first. To watch or request a video:

          • Click on the film you want, or mouse over it and click on “watch”. If we have access to the film it will open and give a prompt to play it. You will not know if we have access to a film until you click on it – do not assume we have access simply because you see a film’s cover shown on the Kanopy site!
          • Note that you will always see this message at the top of the page, but that does not mean the film is not available—you should be able to play the video:

Limited Access Message

          • If the film is not available, instead of the “play video” or “watch” option you will be prompted to fill in this request form:

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Videos requested by faculty typically will be available within two working days and often less.

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Research Relationships: An Interview with Monet Watson

Research Relationships: An Interview Seton Hall student Monet Watson

Monet Watson is a Junior at Seton Hall and is a Triple major in Anthropology, Sociology, and Philosophy.

You are doing a lot of exciting research these days. Can you describe what you’ve been working on?

Most of my time has been spent working on the Woman in the Iron Coffin. I was lucky enough to be able to present the results of the isotopic chemical analysis (looking at chemicals in the body and inferring things based on their levels) at the Women and Gender Studies Conference here at SHU and as a poster at the Society for American Archeology Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before this project I was going to do the same type of analysis on teeth from southern Sudan, but it is a much bigger project than the Woman in the Iron Coffin so decided to forgo that project in favor of the Woman in the Iron Coffin. I don’t know what project I’ll be working on next since I graduate soon but I’m hoping I can continue doing this type of work in the future.

Anthropology – what brought you to it?

I am the youngest of eight by 11 years and my siblings would have me watch the National Geographic channel to keep me busy and out of their hair; after the program ended, I’d have to tell them what I learned. I grew to love National Geographic and wanted to be like the experts on the shows I watch. I learned through National Geographic that the people who were working in Egypt were called Egyptologists. The one I idolized at the time was National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence and Egyptologist Zahi Hawass. So, I decided to be an Egyptologist and take his job when he died. Well, he’s still alive and I realized that more documentaries had many people with anthropologist after their name and I started paying more attention to what they did. Soon enough I was in love with the field and decided to pursue it; by this time, I was 14 years old.

When I got to college, I wanted to be a cultural anthropologist who was going to study Ancient Nubia because their language is like ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics but there is no Rosetta stone to translate it. I thought I would go there and crack the language and learn all there is to learn about ancient Nubians. However, ancient Nubia may be flooded soon due to the construction of hydroelectric dams and I would have nothing to study; also, I don’t like large bodies of water. So, I talked with Dr. Savastano, Dr. Quizon, and Dr. Quinn in the anthropology department and that was when I was introduced to the southern Sudan project and biological anthropology.

Afterward, I changed my focus to cultural anthropology and pursuing a curation career, but curators need around 20 years of academic experience to be considered for those jobs and I didn’t want to wait that long. So, projects and analysis became my main interest because if I was going to work for 20 years I might as well know it well and enjoy it. Through that I found more appreciation for biological anthropology and now that is where I want to make my mark, hopefully something of ancient Nubia will still be left by the time I’m ready to go there.

What was your path to working on the Martha Peterson (Iron Coffin Woman) project?

Sometime during the last summer Dr. Quinn emailed me about the Woman in the Iron Coffin project and asked if I’d be interested in working on it and presenting at the Society for American Archeology Conference. After that she gave me papers and articles to read that were relevant to the analysis and Martha’s circumstances. I was ecstatic to work on this project because as a young black woman I’d be helping give a voice back to another young black woman who lived in a tumultuous time of our shared history.

As the analysis started and I learned that she was a free black woman in the 1850s I nearly shouted for joy! It became clear that she was a woman who did not fit the dominant narrative of what so many of us are taught in school. She was free. That was the point of no return for me. Martha Peterson’s story has a piece of me – a fragment of our intertwined narratives, background and existence that speaks to better days on the horizon. I’ve learned a lot from her from this project and I am honored each time I tell her story. The knowledge that she was not alone in being free during this time will help reconstruct the inaccurate narratives we are told about free black people, enslaved black people, and black immigrants in America in the 1850s. What’s more is that Martha may have eaten black eyed peas 148 years before I had some for my first new year. We still practice the same food traditions that we have for hundreds of years and that links us more than anything else.

How do you find time to balance all these activities?

Unfortunately, I cut out going to club meetings and majority of my extracurricular on campus activities. I also assigned specific days for certain projects so I could stay on top of things. I didn’t always adhere to that but when I did it helped calm the feeling of being overwhelmed and allowed me to make headway on my projects. The good thing though, is that I really do enjoy what I’m working on, so the stress comes more from deadlines than the actual material. Finding a balance and staying on top of things is a daily struggle.

In what ways have Seton Hall University Libraries (books, databases, ebooks, ILL service, librarians) assisted your research process?

I used the library to research designs and architecture of the houses of Martha Peterson’s time period. Mainly information I could use to have a deeper understanding of what the 1850s were like. I didn’t need to use the libraries as much for the isotopic chemical analysis of Martha because Dr. Quinn provided all the information I needed to know.

Which library databases are your preferred starting places to begin when you are looking for current research articles?

EBSCO Host (SHU Search), but it’s just because that is what I’m familiar with. If I start a project reasonably early, I poke around in the other databases just to see what’s in there, but as it stands, I start in EBSCO Host (SHU Search).

Many of our students are undergraduates who are just beginning to develop their research and writing skills. Is there any advice would offer fellow student that we can share with them?

Talk to your teachers! I’m not joking! I would not have been given the opportunity to work on the Woman in the Iron Coffin if Dr. Quinn didn’t know who I was. Teachers are people too, and oftentimes they want to help not hurt you. Branch out with what you’re interested in, this is your bachelors. If you want to change your major, change it! If you want to take an art class, take it! Find what you’re interested in now because it’ll just become more difficult to justify the change the longer you wait.

You are in college to network as well as learn, this is your job for the years you spend here. Make connections and meet people, this will help you find friends as well as become familiar with others in your field. For writing, have your essays edited by as many people as you can before you turn it in, however, everything is a suggestion so follow what you want your paper to be. Don’t be afraid of criticism, it’s a facet of life that will help you grow and become certain of yourself, your beliefs, and your arguments. For research, use your resources! The library is more than a study hall, the books there are some that you would not have access to otherwise. If you dislike going to the library bring friends so you can groan about it together. Lastly, enjoy yourself! Yes, your entire future may be hinging on these years but guess what? It’s not! Do you and don’t be ashamed of your decisions if you made them for you, not if they were made for you.

What are your next steps?

Graduate, get a masters, get a doctorate, be stable, work on projects until I can’t anymore. Hopefully, in that order. I would love to continue to reconstruct narratives with geochemistry for other individuals throughout history; I am leaning towards individuals who would be classified as black. I feel that those narratives get lost and are neglected when research is conducted and I want to remedy that. During all of this I would like to teach and share what I know, that is the first step to disseminating knowledge in my eyes and there is a lot of rectification to do.

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SHU_Libraries Migrating To OpenAthens (OA) Asset Management

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Seton Hall University Libraries is retiring is current authentication system, EZProxy, and migrating to the OpenAthens (OA) Asset Management System, a next-generation method of accessing library databases both on and off campus. OA’s authentication is significantly improved over previous systems, and it will allow us to secure, enable, and monitor access better than ever before. Additionally, the new system will help us provide insights and data that will allow us to better support our faculty and students.

Our anticipated transition date to OpenAthens is Monday, May 20, 2019. While we are not expecting any disruptions in service, we do appreciate your patience with us and with this new access and user authentication system. The Library staff has worked very hard to make Open Athens work and we recognize there may be a few bumps and challenges along the way for our library users.

Please see the OpenAthens FAQs.

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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is a complement to data services provided by Seton Hall University Libraries. The summer programs (most held in Ann Arbor, MI) provide rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. Last year’s workshops included R programming, time series analysis, regression analysis, Bayesian modeling, and longitudinal analysis. These programs are excellent professional development opportunities for graduate students and faculty. As a subscriber, Seton Hall receives a 40% discount on tuition.

First Session: June 24 – July 19, 2019
Second Session: July 22 – August 16, 2019

Additionally, from May through August 2019, ICPSR will offer dozens of short workshops on a variety of topics in Ann Arbor and other locations around the world which will be posted in January 2019. Official registration for all 2019 courses will open in early February 2019.

2019 Schedule


The ICPSR Summer Program offers several scholarships that provide registration (tuition) fee waivers for the 2019 four-week sessions.
Please refer to the Financial Support page for more information about how to apply.

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