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K-State Research Exchange unavailable Sept. 11 and Sept. 14

The K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) at krex.k-state.edu will be unavailable on the following dates to implement a new interface:

  • Tuesday Sept. 11 – K-REx will be down most of the day in order to implement the revised community/collection structure.
  • Friday, Sept. 14 – K-Rex will be down all day to switch over to the new interface.

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Faculty: Use K-REx to increase impact of publications

krex.k-state.eduK-State faculty will publish somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,100 articles this academic year, but how many of those articles will reach readers who want to see them? If you’re relying only on the publisher’s distribution channels through subscriptions, you’re missing much of your audience.

The K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) is operated by the K-State Libraries and is an archive of the scholarly research and publications of K-State faculty and students. K-REx is an “open access repository” with all work deposited in K-REx freely available on the Web. In addition, K-REx uses protocols that optimize discovery by Google and other search engines.

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Why K-REx is better than a webpage for storing faculty publications

About 50 K-State faculty have deposited their published journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers in the K-State Research Exchange, but many more faculty have lists of their publications (and sometimes links to their articles) on a personal or departmental website. Isn’t that the same thing? Not even close!

K-REx is built on the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), a set of standards for facilitating sharing of information (metadata) about articles, book chapters, dissertations, and other publications. OAI-PMH makes metadata available to search engines such as Google in a very structured way, which helps to produce higher rankings in search results.  Continue reading “Why K-REx is better than a webpage for storing faculty publications”

Faculty: Let K-State Research Exchange increase the impact of your research

Want to increase the number of citations to your articles, book chapters, and other scholarly work? After it’s published, deposit your work in K-REx, K-State’s Research Exchange repository!

More than 50 K-State faculty already know the benefits of making their work available in K-REx. For example, Jana Hawley’s (Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design) book chapters on textile recycling have been viewed in K-REx more than 600 times.

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IDT Roundtable Jan. 29: Digital Repositories

The Instructional Design and Technology Roundtables for spring 2009 start this week.  Join us 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in Room 212 of the K-State Student Union to learn more about Digital Repositories.

Learn about the benefits of submitting your work to open-access digital repositories. Marty Courtois, in Hale Library Repository Services, will discuss the K-State Research Exchange (K-REx), its role in the publishing process, and how it can increase the impact of your scholarly publications. Shalin Hai-Jew, instructional designer in iTAC, will demonstrate other digital learning repositories and examine the various copyright releases that may be used to share self-created academic resources.

Coffee, tea, and water will be available, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. RSVP to catl@k-state.edu, 785-532-7828. To learn about the upcoming sessions, go to the IDT Roundtable website.