Document Type



institutional repository; community; outreach; collection development; Bryant faculty spotlight; WWII letters; open access; scholarly publishing


Rhode Island Library Association

Publication Source

RILA Conference, 2019

Rights Management

CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


Institutional repositories act as hubs of shared cultural memory and heritage and possess untapped potential in their breadth and reach. In an effort to realize this potential, we are activating our institutional repository as a platform to inform the community, both at Bryant and in Rhode Island, of the diverse array of works (archival, creative, and scholarly) produced by our University students, faculty, and staff. During this talk, we will highlight some of the key collections in DigitalCommons@Bryant University, as well as how those collections came into existence. We will give tips that will empower you to open dialogues with your communities, allowing their experiences to contribute to the shared body of knowledge that becomes part of our story and allows us to be informed.