Scholars' Bank Testimonial
Testimonial from a Scholars' Bank Contributor
Hilary Hart, Ph.D.
When I handed over the completed, defended, and approved manuscript of my doctoral dissertation, I assumed that, once bound, my work of many years would hardly ever leave its shelf in the library. This prediction has so far proven fairly accurate: my dissertation has been checked out 3 times since its addition to the collection in August of 2004. As a digital file in the University of Oregon's Scholars' Bank, however, my work has enjoyed much higher and broader circulation. Between December 2004 and February 2006, the Scholars' Bank listing of my dissertation has been browsed over 730 times. What's more, an editor of a scholarly publication found my dissertation on Scholars' Bank while searching Google and invited me to contribute to a volume he and a colleague were editing. Anyone familiar with academia knows the importance of a publication record; initial employment, tenure, and advancement depend upon it. Thus, for someone like me who is just starting out, the exposure provided by Scholars' Bank is a huge boon.
Hilary Hart's dissertation, Sentimental Spectacles: The Sentimental Novel, Natural Language, and Early Film Performance, can be viewed in Scholars' Bank at https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dspace/handle/1794/297. Her article, "Do you See What I See? The Impact of Desarte on Silent Film Acting" appears in Essays on Francois Delsarte. Eds. Ruyter, Nancy Lee Chalfa and Thomas Leabhart, published in 2005.