Food Systems and Social Justice: Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis Special Issue

Today’s blog entry is from Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, and is the Editor’s Note from the current issue of the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis.


My interest in food systems and social justice catalyzed my involvement in JCTP. It is the reason I am now Editor of this wonderful journal. I felt compelled, working in sustainable agriculture and food systems work, to explore the complexity of the food system from a social justice lens and to highlight the “fact that our food system is racist, classist, and sexist” (Winne, 2008, p. 190). I have found in my work that these facts are not necessarily obvious to many working in food systems or those who purport themselves to be part of an Alternative Food Movement. While food systems and agriculture are increasingly part of a broader public discourse, we still have a long way to go in thinking about and creating a more socially just food system. A couple of recent high profile events have made this particularly clear to me. Continue reading

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis (JCTP): Graduate students engaged in and redefining the discourse on social justice

Gabrielle Roesch-McNallyToday, we have a guest blog post from Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, editor of the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis (JCTP). JCTP is an award-winning journal published through Digital Repository @ Iowa State University

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

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Departments: Highlighting publications in the repository

In Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, materials are organized into pages that represent campus units—academic departments, research centers and institutes, extension and outreach units and administrative offices across campus. Every college and academic department has a dedicated page in the repository, and we can easily create new pages to represent interdepartmental programs, research projects and other units, as well.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Digital Repository @ Iowa State Unviersity

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Logan Jewett is a Student of Distinction

Yesterday, the Office of Student Financial Aid hosted the Student Employee of the Year Recognition Ceremony. Student employee supervisors from across campus nominated their best student workers for the award and the ceremony was an opportunity to recognize the contributions they make to our campus. At the ceremony, Logan Jewett was recognized as a Student of Distinction.

Logan and Cy

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10,000 Items!

Since launching in April 2012, Digital Repository @ Iowa State University has grown quickly! In October, we uploaded our 10,000th item in our repository—meaning we are now providing free and open access to over 10,000 journal articles, manuscripts, extension publications, presentations, posters, audio recordings and other great work produced by our faculty, students and staff.

Collaborations: Special Collections, Preservation and Historical Reports and Bulletins

Here at Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, we enjoy great working relationships with other departments in the Iowa State University Library. Our colleagues in the library play important roles in education, outreach, processing, and in identifying new content to add to the repository.

With the help of the Special Collections and Preservation departments, we are beginning to add historical technical reports and research bulletins to the repository. These reports are identified and provided by Special Collections, then digitized by the Preservation Department. We take care of uploading these reports and bulletins to the repository.

Covers of CARD Reports, 1959–1963

Covers of CARD Reports, 1959–1963

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Visitors from colleges and universities

When I give my presentations to faculty groups, a question I commonly get is, “How many of your visitors are academic? Where are they coming from?”

I knew I could identify university-based visitors using Google Analytics, but I didn’t have enough knowledge of GA to identify these visitors easily. I’m currently sitting in a workshop on Google Analytics conducted by Bram Luyten, from @mire, at the Open Repositories conference in Prince Edward Island.

Numbers of unique visitors coming from colleges and universities between July 2012 and June 2013.

Numbers of unique visitors coming from colleges and universities between July 2012 and June 2013.

Using some nifty tricks, I can see that ~23% of our visitors from June 2012 to July 2013 (our first full fiscal year of operation) are coming from academic institutions. The list of the top 20 institutions are below: Continue reading

Double milestone: 8,000 items and 500,000 downloads!

Even though it’s summer and my student employees are enjoying their vacation, we’re continuing to add Iowa State scholarship to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University at a breakneck pace. As we make more scholarship available to the world, the number of downloads we’re enjoying are also increasing rapidly.

Today,we’ve achieved a double milestone! We deposited our 8,000th item and received our 500,000th download!

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