New Institutional Repository Preserves, Spotlights, Disseminates Research, Creative Works

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Eastern Kentucky University Libraries has launched Encompass, an online institutional repository designed to preserve, spotlight and disseminate the research and creative works of EKU faculty, staff and students and the history of the University.

The digital archive, located at, is “a reflection of all the scholarly activity at Eastern and a starting point of the University and EKU Libraries becoming our own publishers,” explained Linda Sizemore, government documents team leader for EKU Libraries. “It provides worldwide access, via the Internet, to what EKU faculty, staff and students are doing.”

The financial support of The Graduate School, The Office of Regional Stewardship, and EKU Libraries enabled EKU to become only the second college or university in Kentucky to launch an online institutional repository, according to Sizemore.  

Already, Encompass is hosting PRISM, the recently established academic journal focused on regional engagement, although the first issue is not scheduled until Spring 2012. Another EKU-based effort, the Journal of Applied Research in Fire Science, will be added soon.

Encompass is also rapidly adding the publications and presentations of EKU faculty and staff, as well as departmental and college newsletters. Additions to Encompass may also feature introductions, a vita of the contributor and photo.

Beginning this fall, Encompass will also feature students’ electronic theses and dissertations, as well as student reports from capstone classes.

The repository also includes recent EKU sports media guides and is adding some University Archives material, including old yearbooks and University records.

“It’s a work in progress,” Sizemore said, “and we’re looking for partners to add content to the repository.”

Users may browse Encompass by keywords, collections (organized by college or unit of the University), disciplines and authors. Users may also search Encompass repositories on college and university campuses worldwide.

For more information about how to use Encompass, visit or contact Sizemore at 622-2068 or

Published on March 17, 2011

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