SNHU Academic Archive Now Accessible Worldwide

Friday, May 07, 2010
SNHU Communications Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Southern New Hampshire University                                                               

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SNHU Academic Archive
Now Accessible Worldwide

Repository features student and faculty achievements

Manchester, N.H. (May 7, 2010) – Student research from Southern New Hampshire University is now available worldwide in the SNHU Academic Archive, an online repository of student achievement, faculty research, and university archival material. It may be accessed from http://academicarchive.snhu.edu. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

"The Academic Archive was created to make previously inaccessible faculty and student scholarly output freely available to anyone anywhere in the world," said Alice Platt, digital initiatives librarian. "Making papers and presentations from SNHU faculty and students available online is a great benefit for individuals conducting research; particularly those in rural areas who do not have research libraries nearby.”

The flagship collection is a selection of student thesis projects and dissertations from Southern New Hampshire University's Community Economic Development program. Dating from 1983 to the present, the projects tackle a range of issues such as housing, local agricultural development, child care, and HIV/AIDS. Previously, the projects were only available from the Shapiro Library on SNHU's campus. Now, nearly 400 projects from communities across the United States and ten other countries are available to view online. Many represent student work resulting from a partnership program with the Open University of Tanzania. The range of communities and economic situations represented in this collection is a boon for researchers interested in community economic development.

The SNHU Academic Archive is an open access institutional repository developed with DSpace open source software. The Academic Archive supports the Shapiro Library’s mission “to promote successful academic careers and lifelong learning through the delivery of information and instruction using innovative services and technologies.” In addition to Community Economic Development research, it includes creative theses from the Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and select university publications.

About Southern New Hampshire University
The university has approximately 1,900 traditional, full-time undergraduate day students and a total enrollment in all divisions of about 9,425. Programs are offered on campus, online and on location at our centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university offers programs in business, community economic development, culinary arts, teacher education, hospitality management and liberal arts.

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