Promoting and Preserving Scholarly and Creative Work at Parkland College

What is the role of scholarship at a community college? The process of identifying, sharing, showcasing, and using the scholarly and creative work of a community college can lay the groundwork for cross-curricular collaborations and encourage students to demonstrate learning at a higher level. At Parkland College, the institutional repository (SPARK) has played a key role in this process.

In this webinar, Erika Hackman and Sherry Cmiel share their experiences creating and developing Parkland’s repository. They talk about how SPARK evolved to meet institutional needs, as well as discuss funding, generating buy-in, forming partnerships, the benefits of focusing on faculty-sponsored student work, and how this can be replicated at other community colleges.

 Sherry and Erika’s webinar slides can be found at