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Student scholarship should be an integral part of any institutional repository, as it can showcase the important work that students do during their time at the institution. This chapter proposes that an initial focus on student scholarship can aid colleges and universities in building their institutional repositories quickly. This method of collection building can also help to quickly achieve buy-in from campus stakeholders. University administrators will like seeing strong initial usage numbers and can feel confident that the repository will be a good project to fund into the future. Faculty members will see a stable system in which they can feel confident in self-archiving their scholarship. Current and prospective students will see the opportunities available to them to publish their work and disseminate it widely. Focusing on student scholarship has allowed Coastal Carolina University's institutional repository, CCU Digital Commons, to quickly facilitate others' engagement with our student work and has revealed the great extent to which our institution's student scholarship is shared and utilized globally.


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