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Libraries' RUcore service celebrates 50,000th download

The Rutgers University Libraries have invested a lot of time and effort to create an online 'storage site' for faculty and graduate students' research, which is both secure and widely accessible. Judging from the numbers, more and more people across the US are noticing the resource and finding it quite valuable.

The Libraries' service - RUcore, the Rutgers Community Repository - is a broad web-based infrastructure that preserves and makes broadly accessible the research of Rutgers’ community members. RUcore catalogs resources submitted by Rutgers researchers so that scholars at Rutgers or in other institutions can find the material. RUcore also indexes and displays these resources so anyone may search and retrieve materials, and provides personalized access by providing a customizable web page and script allowing a submitter to display their work on their or their department's website.

In January of 2010, RUcore reached 50,000 downloads. This milestone is of tremendous significance, explains Rhonda Marker, a librarian in Technical and Automated Services who is the administrator of RUcore. According to Ms. Marker, Rutgers University received a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in 2004 to create and maintain a statewide repository. Rutgers initiated the creation of its own repository using a similar platform and system of the grant-funded model.

RUcore launched in 2006 and has progressively grown in activity and gained prominence as an integral service of the Libraries. Ms Marker stated that currently RUcore has over 3,000 submissions from faculty and graduate students, and from the Libraries' collections, which are permanently available for scholars and researchers.

Examples of some of the most popular holdings in RUcore, each of which has been downloaded over 100 times, include:

  • Letter from Mary Garvey, Irish immigrant to the US, to her mother, October 24, 1850. Source of original document – Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
  • Phylogenetics and homology modeling – Ph.D. Dissertation by Allen Watkins Smith, Graduate Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; January 2008.
  • What algorithms could not be – Ph.D. dissertation by Walter Dean, Graduate Program in Philosophy; October 2007.
  • Map of the City of Newark, Essex County, NJ published 1872. Source of original document – Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

To deposit an item into RUcore, faculty members and graduate students simply log in to RUcore (https://facsub.libraries.rutgers.edu/rufd), select the "optin" checkbox to authorize licensing, tell the Libraries a little about the material they are submitting, and then upload. For convenience, visual and textual materials can be submitted in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, or TIFF files. RUcore also collaborates with the Faculty Survey, to add a search box to "My Web Page" (their customizable personal web site). RUcore provides statistics and reports by allowing submitters to log in to document the impact of their work and that of their department. Finally, RUcore makes the resource permanently available by assigning a permanent URL and digital signature.

There are many university repositories throughout the country including University of California eScholarship Repository, Purdue e-Pubs, and DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Rutgers University has the distinction of maintaining the only university repository in the state of New Jersey.

For more information on RUcore, contact Rhonda Marker at 732/932-8573 (x195) or rmarker@rci.rutgers.edu





Posted June 8, 2010