COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus State University's Schwob Memorial Library is virtually larger today than it was yesterday, expanding its access to JSTOR, a non-profit, shared digital library used by colleges and universities around the globe — a move that will benefit students and faculty on both campuses and online.
"By adding these collections, we've added about 1,100 new journal titles online to what we already have," said Mark Flynn, CSU dean of Libraries. "It's a massive amount of scholarship, scholarly information, that can be used for undergraduate research, graduate research, faculty research, for the whole university community."
JSTOR, which is short for journal storage, was created in 1995 to help university and college libraries free space on their shelves, save costs and provide greater access to more content. CSU already subscribed to about half of JSTOR's content. Typically, as JSTOR added more content, CSU would pick up the new subscriptions. This week's improved access gives CSU stakeholders access to all of JSTOR's arts and sciences collections.
Despite the downturn in the economy and university budget reductions, CSU was able to remain current with its previous JSTOR holdings. With special funding provided at the end of this fiscal year, the library was able to bring online a massive amount of scholarly information that will benefit people who are studying in all disciplines.
"As you know, we already have 20 courses online that are fully distant learning," Flynn said. "And we have students all over — not just students who were coming on (main) campus."
The JSTOR expansion at CSU provides resources that can be used remotely for research by students and faculty at RiverPark campus in Uptown Columbus and elsewhere.
"Students enrolled in distance learning programs can have robust library services through virtual resources like this, as well as students on the RiverPark campus having access to research materials for their disciplines without having to get on the shuttle (bus) and drive here," Flynn said.
JSTOR encompasses more than 2,000 academic journals, as well as their archives, along with thousands of monographs and other relevant materials. It has digitized more than 50 million pages and continues to digitize approximately 3 million pages annually.