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Library Services Launches 'Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works'

Showcases intellectual works of faculty, staff, students.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-25-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Library Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato is building a digital repository intended to showcase and preserve the intellectual output of Minnesota State Mankato faculty, staff and students in an easy-to-find format that is now available online.

The repository is called “Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works.”

The current Cornerstone collection, which can be explored at, includes some electronic theses and dissertations and some works by Library Services faculty.

Plans are for the intellectual products available in Cornerstone to eventually include:

  • Faculty and staff research
  • Exemplary student research papers and projects
  • Conference posters and presentations
  • Published articles, white papers and more

Minnesota State Mankato Dean of Library Services Joan Roca said that Cornerstone will help spotlight outstanding intellectual work by the university’s faculty, staff and students that may not have been readily accessible previously.

“It is very exciting for the library to make Cornerstone available to the campus,” said Roca. “By showcasing the excellent research and scholarship by faculty, staff, and students, Cornerstone is providing a global solution and placing our library and university at the forefront of technology tools to advance knowledge.”

Cornerstone has the capability to include works in a variety of formats, including audio files, video, datasets and more, said Minnesota State Mankato Digital Initiative Librarian Heidi Southworth.

Southworth said that Minnesota State Mankato is one of a growing number of universities in Minnesota and nationally that have established an institutional repository of intellectual work.

For more information about Cornerstone, contact Southworth by phone at 507-389-5066 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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