Dec. 15, 2016
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UCO MAX CHAMBERS LIBRARY JOINS SHAREOK
The University of Central Oklahoma Max Chambers Library recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, in collaboration with Oklahoma State University Libraries (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU), to join SHAREOK, a shared repository website that hosts the intellectual output of Oklahoma’s higher education communities.
“In the spirit of UCO Chambers Library’s commitment to open access, we believe joining SHAREOK and partnering with the OU and OSU libraries is an important step toward providing access to resources that enrich the experience of researchers and learners worldwide,” said Habib Tabatabai, executive director for the UCO Chambers Library.
Founded in 2014, SHAREOK aims to support research and scholarship in Oklahoma, allowing faculty, students, staff and other individuals associated with UCO, OU or OSU to contribute content to the website and access its resources. The site includes digital dissertations, faculty publications, research, digital special collections, open access publications, open educational resources and more.
“SHAREOK represents the ideal of a collaborative source for academic intellectual output for the state of Oklahoma,” said OU Dean of Libraries Rick Luce.
“A goal for creating a joint-repository with OSU was to enable our state institutions to share an open access system which allows for the long-term support and preservation of publically-funded research and scholarship. We’re thrilled to add UCO to this partnership and look forward to the opportunities their participation creates.”
The new partnership with Central is part of SHAREOK’s effort to expand to other Oklahoma higher education institutions.
“Higher education is a powerful economic driver for the state of Oklahoma, with the potential for even greater impact,” said Sheila Johnson, dean of OSU Libraries.
“We welcome the decision of the University of Central Oklahoma to be the first to join us in this endeavor.”