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This is an exciting time for the ISU Library! To recap: This summer Clinical Practice in Athletic Training − the scholarly open source journal hosted by the Library − enters its second year of publication.
In addition to hosting, the Library has also assumed responsibility for oversight of copyediting. This past year CLIN-AT’s editorial board includes experts from ISU, Dartmouth, George Mason University, the University of South Carolina, St Luke’s Sport Medicine, Northwestern, Ball State, the University of Indianapolis, and Boston University.
It has been blind peer reviewed by over thirty experts from a wide variety of educational, research, and practitioner institutions across the country such as the Steadman Clinic, the State University of New York, the University of Michigan, and the US Marine Corps.
In the inaugural publication year, 3 separate issues featured a total of 18 articles which have been downloaded 4,200 times to date.
CLIN-AT started out modestly, but continues to grow by featuring a new model of scholarly communication. It now incorporates a video podcast series #ATAnswers that demonstrates the therapeutic techniques, issues, and research discussed in the articles. Since CLIN-AT is an evidence-based publication, this video component is particularly relevant and elevates the journal to a new level of scholarship. CLIN-AT’s social media presence is also steadily growing with 1000 followers across the journal’s Twitter feed, @ClinATJourn, and Instagram account, @clinatjournal.
To see the new issue of CLIN-AT follow: http://clinat.indstate.edu
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The editorial board of Clinical Practice in Athletic Training is seeking manuscript submissions from athletic trainers, educators, students, and researchers focused on practice-based, outcomes, and action research within the field as it relates to clinician-friendly measures at the point-of-care. We are seeking submissions for Volume 2, Issue 1 of Clin AT expected to be published in February 2020.
The Digital Initiatives Unit of the Indiana State University’s library’s Special Collections Department received a $15,453 grant to help the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Archives provide online access to Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s letters and journals.
The project will digitize approximately 1,500 pages of original documents, translations and transcriptions and provide access to the digital representations through Indiana Memory and the Digital Public Library of America. The master digital files will be stored long term in the MetaArchive Digital Preservation Network.
“This is an opportunity for the ISU library digital initiatives staff to share their expertise with community organizations,” said Cinda May, librarian and chair of Special Collections at Indiana State. “We’re working to include English translations along with the French text to make the letters and journals of Mother Theodore Guerin available to a worldwide audience.”
This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.
The letters and journals provide a variety of insights into the culture and history of 19th century America, especially in Indiana. In 1840, Mother Guerin and five companions traveled from Ruillé, France, to serve the Catholic community in Indiana.
A prolific writer, Mother Guerin kept detailed journals and wrote numerous letters describing the experiences of the French nuns in Indiana’s remote forests. Composed between 1840 and 1856, the 429 letters and three travel journals, written primarily in French with some English translations, are preserved in the Sisters of Providence Archives at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Indiana. State students Kirsten Campbell and Jazmyne Magee were hired to help with the digitization and metadata creation.
“This is good hands-on experience for any history major and it’s always good to know more about how to analyze documents and handle data, which I am doing working about 16 hours a week on this project,” said Campbell, a senior political science and history major from St. Joseph, Ill. “Spending this much time on the project has allowed me to learn a lot about Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, too. I really didn’t know much about the college before I started, especially not its history or founding, and it’s interesting.”
Magee, a sophomore business major from Gary, Ind., travels to the Sisters of Providence Archives to scan and transcribe Mother Guerin’s works.
“I’ve acquired a lot of new skills since I applied to help with this project, like new computer software, how to input and analyze data and even a little of the French language,” she said. “The information I’ve learned is really interesting, too, and I think people will be surprised by all they’ll learn when everything goes live.”
The grant runs through June when the information is expected to be searchable through Indiana Memory and the Digital Public Library of America.
Media contact: Cinda May, librarian chair of Special Collections, Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
The second issue of, Clinical Practice in Athletic Training: A Journal of Practice-based, Outcomes, and Action Research (Clin AT), is now published! This journal demonstrates ISU’s commitment in designing, maintaining, and promoting new forms of scholarly publishing and open access to information. Clin AT has national editorship and blind peer review, and is the result of a strong partnership between the ISU Library and the ISU College of Health and Human Services. For questions about Clin AT, feel free to contact the Library Systems Department.
The list of editors and peer reviewers is at: http://clinat.indstate.edu/index.php/clinat/about/editorialTeam
The current issue is at: http://clinat.indstate.edu/index.php/clinat/issue/current
— Susan Frey (Scholarly Communication Librarian)