The first thing you see when you visit digital.sandiego.edu is a map of the world animated by blue pins dropping into places like Australia, Korea, and Switzerland. These pins highlight locations where someone is downloading work produced by the USD community. Since Copley Library launched its institutional repository, Digital@USanDiego, in October of 2014, faculty, students, and staff from across the university have contributed original work and scholarship to its growing collection of digital material available all over the world.
Faculty members from College of Arts and Sciences departments such as history, philosophy, and biology, along with faculty members from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Business Administration, and the Hahn School of Nursing have contributed full texts of published articles they have authored. By contributing this material to the repository, they make their work more accessible to readers and researchers from all over the world.
Copley Library’s Archives and Special Collections department has been busy digitizing some of their rare and unique holdings for public access as well. Collections such as the Religious of the Sacred Heart Postcard Collection, a set of nearly 600 images of rare postcards depicting the schools, chapels, and convents of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
The collection of undergraduate theses by USD Honors Program graduates is one of the newest and most popular collections. By publishing their work with the library, these students have been able to track downloads of their theses worldwide. If you’re interested in learning more about what you can contribute, or how the library can help you publish a journal, host a conference, or get more exposure for your work, contact Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s next for Digital@USanDiego? 2016 will see new partnerships with departments and institutes across campus, exciting new digitization projects from USD’s Archives and Special Collections, multimedia collaborations with faculty members—and a whole lot of new pins on the map.