by Jennifer Conway
The Digital Commons of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Libraries, an online repository of research materials published by University of Nebraska faculty, staff and students, now contains over 100,000 full text items. It has surpassed 50 million downloads and is now the most accessed institutional repository in the nation.
A dedicated team, including Paul Royster, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications; Sue Ann Gardner, Scholarly Communications Librarian/Professor; and Linnea Fredrickson, Production Specialist, has worked diligently to reach this milestone. Several key elements of their work coalesced to reach this turning point. All three individuals possess in-depth knowledge of copyright law which contributes to an excellent record of successfully populating the bepress Digital Commons platform the university has utilized for this purpose since June 2005. Additionally, integral to the bepress Digital Commons platform is their highly effective SEO (search engine optimization) which aids users in accessing information more readily. Royster says, “We owe it all to the researchers, scholars and students who have entrusted their materials to us. We hope they are happy with this global distribution.”
The Digital Commons features an interactive map that shows the downloads of papers while watching it in real-time.
This notable achievement reflects the Libraries vision of a system recognized as a national leader in creativity and knowledge development, offering access to data, information and knowledge in an environment supporting discovery, reflection, synthesis and application.