This fall the CUNY’s Office of Library Services introduced its new Institutional Repository, Academic Works.
An Institutional Repository (IR) is an online archive that anyone affiliated with the institution can use to preserve and make accessible a wide range of scholarly material. Everything from academic articles/papers to artistic works (basically any item that can be digitized) can be placed in the institutional repository and made accessible to a global audience of scholars and researchers.
What makes Academic Works so exciting is that it is CUNY’s very own IR. The College of Staten Island has a collection that is a part of Academic Works. This site can serve as a portal to the world showing all of the varied scholarly projects being undertaken by CSI students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the existence of such a portal means that we can join the worldwide open access movement. This is a movement of scholars and librarians who are committed to making scholarship easily accessible to as wide an audience as is possible. All too often research and scholarship (particularly research that is funded by federal grants) is locked behind pay walls and inaccessible to the general public. The open access movement attempts to make more of this research universally accessible and IRs like CUNY’s Academic Works play a large role in creating the infrastructure that makes open access possible.
So go to http://academicworks.cuny.edu to create an account and see the scholarship that is being produced here at CSI and throughout CUNY!