Scholars repository reaches million download milestone

Scholars repository reaches million download milestone


By FHSU University Communications

The Scholars Repository hosted by FHSU’s Forsyth Library recently passed one million downloads.

The repository, hosted on the Digital Commons platform, made its public debut in January 2016. Forsyth Library launched the repository as a permanent, open-access, digital showcase for the creative, scholarly, and research productivity of the FHSU community. The repository is primarily open and is designed to make FHSU grants easy to find, share, cite and use.

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Douglas Drabkin’s monograph The Intelligent Troglodyte’s Guide to Plato’s Republic and FHSU-hosted, peer-reviewed Journal of International & Interdisciplinary Business Research were the first deposits to the depository. The best download of all time is Four Leadership Theories Addressing Contemporary Leadership Issues as the theories relate to scholarship, practice and the leadership model, an article in the FHSU-published peer-reviewed journal Academic Leadership: The Online Journal. Associate Professor of Management Dr. Robert Lloyd’s Open Educational Resource, The Four Functions of Management, remains the most downloaded FHSU faculty submission.

“As a library, Forsyth is committed to the principle of equal access to information. The repository is open to all users regardless of geographic location, said Jennifer Sauer, coordinator of scholarly services and librarian for electronic resources and discovery services. “It is continuously growing and features new materials, formats and media to ensure that users can use these collections to further their own exploration of knowledge.”

According to Sauer, the role of the FHSU Scholars Repository platform in presenting the university community’s scholarship and creative works, as well as selected special collections and archives, increases the visibility and discoverability, both for the authors/creators and the works themselves. The open access feature of the platform increases the impact of FHSU research and scholarship globally.

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The Digital Commons platform also integrates metrics, including citations, media mentions, tweets and more. These metrics are collected and reported to all levels of the repository, from platform administrators to journal editors and authors.

The repository is also home to a growing collection of historical documents about the university and surrounding region through Archives Online, which includes the University Archives Photographs Collection, George F. Sternberg Digital Collections, and Reveille Yearbooks, to name a few.

To learn more about the repository, visit

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