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Digital Initiatives Symposium

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San Diego, CA


This session focuses on digital collections at the University of Dayton Libraries and how it has evolved from using a stand-alone digital asset management system (CONTENTdm) to a flexible, robust, open-access institutional repository solution hosted by Berkley Electronic Press (Bepress). We share our trials and errors from our first digitization initiatives that began in 2006, to the launch of our first digital collection using CONTENTdm in 2010, to the implementation of our IR, eCommons, in 2013. We demonstrate how we have transformed our IR into a digital platform that not only features faculty scholarship, but also highlights our special collections. Learn what led to our decision to migrate all of our collections out of CONTENTdm and host them within eCommons, making a concerted effort to prioritize the digitization of the collections that reflect and express our Catholic and Marianist charisms along the way. We currently have nine digital collections that speak to our Catholic traditions. Three of these collections are used to provide a comparison of the old platform (CONTENTdm) to the new IR (Digital Commons), showing the ability to create communities that include magazines, photographs, audio clips and videos. A few of the third party plugins used in conjunction with Digital Commons are also demonstrated, such as YouTube, SoundCloud, and ISSUU. Digitization workflows, procedures, collection proposal forms and checklists that have been developed to aid in the migration of these digital collections have be included for use at your institution.

DigitalProgram workflow.pdf (71 kB)
Digital Program workflow

DigitalProject proposal form.pdf (50 kB)
Digital Project proposal form

DigitalProject student worksheet.pdf (66 kB)
Digital Project student worksheet

DigitalProjectSelection_ContentdmChecklist.pdf (483 kB)
Digital Project Selection ContentDM checklist

DigitalProjectSelection_matrix.pdf (103 kB)
Digital Project selection matrix

Digitization Standards.pdf (92 kB)
Digitization standards

Video Production Standards.pdf (116 kB)
Video production standards

eCommons flier.pdf (667 kB)
eCommons flier

eCommons Kick Off.pdf (333 kB)
eCommons Kick Off flier

eCommons FES flier.pdf (324 kB)