As of the end of the spring 2019 semester, Seton Hall's Institutional Repository officially surpassed 3 million downloads. The Repository is an online database comprised of scholarly pieces such as dissertations and theses written by Seton Hall students and faculty. University Libraries implemented this electronic resource in 2011 and partnered with Seton Hall Law, allowing worldwide viewers to access these works, download them, and use them for their research.
In less than 2 years, the online library has gained over one million additional downloads, having reached the 2 million download mark in July, 2017. "We are now averaging 600,000 downloads per year, which has doubled from previous years. The infrastructure we have through BePress allows for betters discoverability and search engine optimization of Seton Hall Scholarship around the world," states Lisa DeLuca, Co-Manager of the Institutional Repository.
Seton Hall's academic works have been accessed by over 52,600 institutions in over 232 countries. Some of our most highly recognized views come from organizations, companies, and government agencies such as LexisNexis, Facebook Inc., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Massachusetts General Hospital, US Dept of Justice, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and State of New Jersey - to name a few. Beyond Seton Hall, top users at other academic institutions have come from NYU, Rutgers University, Columbia University, Harvard University, and UCLA. Since the e-Repository enables digital content to be stored and viewed worldwide, most viewers outside of the US are located in the Philippines, the United Kingdom, India, Canada, and China.
Elizabeth Leonard, the Assistant Dean of Information Technologies and Collection Services believes that, "This current milestone, and the speed at which we achieved it, clearly demonstrated the quality of Seton Hall academics, and the value of our Institutional Repository in providing a platform upon which our scholar's materials may be found."
The eRepository contains theses and dissertations, open access research journals, departmental research projects, materials from the Petersheim Exhibition and many digital collections from University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Center. To view Seton Hall's eRepository and begin your research, visit: https://scholarship.shu.edu/