Why Join Digital Commonwealth

The Digital Commonwealth provides an open access discovery platform to digital collections that represent the rich cultural heritage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its member institutions are comprised of libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and cultural institutions located throughout the state.

Membership Benefits

  • Contribute to a statewide initiative

    • Help run and support a statewide collaboration

    • Shape policy decisions for the digitization, presentation, and preservation of the Commonwealth's digital historic materials

    • Promote your community's heritage by digitizing and sharing what makes it unique.   

  • Training, Support, and Networking

    • Frequent training and information sessions bring members together and advance the ability of each member to contribute.

    • The Digital Commonwealth Board of Directors facilitate peer-to-peer contact between members, leveraging the experience and expertise of individuals for the benefit of all.    

  • Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference discount

    • Meet and connect with peers and colleagues throughout the state.

    • All staff in member institutions receive conference reduction.

    • Over 100 conference attendees in 2017 and 2018.

    • Promote your local projects in a break Out or Rapid Fire session.

  • Serve on Committees or join the Board of Directors

    • Help shape policy and activities by volunteering to serve.

    • Join committees to organize state-wide events and initiatives.

    • Join the Board of Directors and have a direct vote in organizational planning and management.

Partnership with the Boston Public Library

Digital Commonwealth and the Boston Public Library are working together to make digital collections of cultural organizations in Massachusetts available via a state-of-the art web discovery and delivery system.   

The Boston Public Library, via its Library for the Commonwealth program, provides digitization, repository, and metadata services to cultural organizations in Massachusetts.

Digital Commonwealth members (and other eligible organizations) are able to:

  • Participate in the BPL's digitization program

    • Receive help selecting, digitizing, and creating metadata for your projects.

  • Include your collections in www.digitalcommonwealth.org

    • Host your content in this state-of-the-art digital repository system.

    • Share metadata from your own repository through harvesting.

    • Provide users the ability to search and browse digital content from throughout. Massachusetts in one centralized location.

  • Participate in the Digital Public Library of America

    • Metadata from www.digitalcommonwealth.org is harvested into this national effort to collect “the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums.”

  • Digitize monographs  

    • Have books digitized and hosted by the Internet Archive.

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