20 Cool Things You Didn’t Know about Digital Commons: Part Two

Think you know everything you can do with Digital Commons? Think again. We’re constantly impressed by the hard work and innovation of our Digital Commons community, and we wanted to show off twenty of the many amazing and creative ways you’re using the platform to help support the needs of your campuses. Stay tuned for parts three and four!

From old playbills and books to photos and videos, the theater department can be a great source of rich content. Because Digital Commons supports a wide variety of multimedia and embeddable file types, it makes an excellent home for theater collections!

Here’s a surprising fact: at least 22 museums across the globe are currently contributing content to repositories on Digital Commons. Their contributions range from artwork, installations, and exhibit catalogues, to scholarly conferences and community events.

  • Example: “War is Not What You Think” A Collaborative Exhibition of the La Salle University Art Museum and the Connelly Library

Commencements and graduations often attract prominent speakers to campus and create strong memories for students and alumni. The repository is a great place to capture and preserve these memories, often in the form of embedded videos, photos, and programs.

  • Example: Commencement at the University of Georgia School of Law

Alumni Work
Alumni newsletters and magazines have been archived in repositories for years, but many Digital Commons customers are starting to see alumni as a much broader and extensive source of content. From musical performances to books and articles, alumni works are popping up all over Digital Commons.

Library Presses
Digital Commons makes library-led publishing easy, and some libraries are extending their services even further in the form of library presses. Our example below, University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Zea e-books, demonstrates to faculty that the library can help get their content professionally edited, produced, and made available to the world without the hassles of a traditional print publisher.

  • Example: Zea e-books from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

To learn more about how you might include these features in your Digital Commons repository, contact Consulting Services at support@dc.bepress.com.