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Two million downloads and counting: ETSU database reaches new milestone

Brandon Paykamian • May 20, 2018 at 7:26 PM

The academic and creative work of the East Tennessee State University community is being spread far and wide, according to a recent press release from the university.

Sponsored by the ETSU Charles C. Sherrod Library, Digital Commons is an open-access institutional database that collects, preserves and disseminates scholarly and creative works from the university’s faculty and students.

On April 16, the repository, which began in 2012, reached a new milestone of 2 million downloads from over 220 countries, with most coming from the United States, Philippines, United Kingdom, India, Canada and Australia.

Ashley Sergiadis, digital scholarship librarian and assistant professor with the Sherrod Library, said the milestone shows that ETSU is becoming more globally recognized for its work in various fields, particularly in fields such as health sciences, where researchers across multiple departments have previously received national recognition for their work pertaining to combatting the region’s opioid epidemic. 

“We’re having more global reach for the work we’re doing here at ETSU,” she said. “It’s especially great for recruitment and getting people to know what we do here.” 

Electronic theses and dissertations account for the most downloads and include the repository’s most frequently downloaded work, “The Effects of Character Education on Student Behavior,” a 2002 dissertation by Dr. William G. Thompson that has been accessed more than 51,700 times. 

Since reaching the milestone, there had been an additional 55,000 downloads as of Wednesday morning, according to Sergiadis. 

“When I came along about a year ago, we wanted to start focusing on the work of our faculty in addition to student works. Now we have a lot of faculty works in the repository,” she said. “Right now, we have about 6,000 records in the repository.”

Other works downloaded on the day the milestone was reached, included “The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus Operandi, and U.S. Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam,” a monograph by Dr. Paul Kamolnick, ETSU professor of sociology, published in 2017 by the U.S. Army War College; “Polymediated Narrative: The Case of the Supernatural Episode ‘Fan Fiction,’” a 2016 article by Dr. Andrew F. Herrmann, ETSU associate professor of communication, and Art Herbig, published in the International Journal of Communication; “The Effect of Caffeine and Ethanol on Flatworm Regeneration,” a 2007 master’s thesis by Erica Leighanne Collins; and “Energy-Efficiency Programs: A Supplemental Guide for Small Manufacturing Businesses,” a 2012 undergraduate honors thesis by Brittany E. Coleman.

For more information on Digital Commons, visit dc.etsu.edu

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