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‘Beadle Scholar’ launched at Karl Mundt Library

bust of General William H. H. BeadleAs a pioneer of the Dakota Territory, General William Henry Harrison Beadle worked to ensure that school lands were protected, held in trust for future generations.

As pioneers of technology research and creativity, Dakota State University faculty, staff and students now have a location for their work to be held in trust for future generations.

Staff of the Karl Mundt Library (KML) have launched an institutional repository which will collect, preserve, and disseminate the intellectual output of DSU in a digital format. The repository will be called “Beadle Scholar” in honor of the general, who was the university’s third president; the school bore his name from 1947 to 1969.

“He was an educator who really brought public education to South Dakota,” said Jan Brue Enright, director of the Mundt Library. “This is a way to honor that spirit.”

Beadle Scholar will provide discovery and access opportunities for the intellectual output of researchers and creators at the university. Many at DSU are publishing research and other creative work, she stated, but Beadle Scholar will bring those under one umbrella, and will house articles, papers, conference proceedings, along with digital objects, software, artwork or photography.

“This raises the academic profile of the faculty, and of undergraduate and graduate students,” Enright said.

All of DSU four colleges will have input, including participating departments, schools, centers, and institutes, she said. Additionally, the General Beadle Honors program student portfolios will be included, “so it will be a clearinghouse, one central location for the scholarly output for all faculty and students.”

Users will have access to Beadle Scholar materials free of charge, allowing researchers and other interested readers anywhere in the world to learn about and keep up-to-date with DSU scholarship, publications and history.

The repository will be hosted through BePress Digital Commons; staff of the Karl E. Mundt Library will administer the information, with Archivist Ryan Burdge acting as project lead. Enright noted that former library director Ethelle Bean and former professor and digital design and access librarian Risë Smith began work on this project several years ago; both retired in 2016.

Faculty, staff and students may submit content, and any materials not already protected by copyright can be hosted on Beadle Scholar. The public URL for the repository is scholar.dsu.edu/.

A reception is being held on April 17 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Mundt Library, to demonstrate the uses of Beadle Scholar, and to help students and faculty learn how their scholarly work can be included in the repository. The public is invited to attend.