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What is the MSU Libraries digital repository?

The digital repository provides online access to digital collections managed by the MSU Library. Collections are combined in a single digital repository portal that offers a consistent way to search and access digital collections regardless of file type or subject matter.

What types of materials are available in the digital repository?

Material is selected according to MSU Libraries collection development guidelines, and may be “born-digital” or digitized from physical material. Types of files may include audio, documents, newspapers, journals, images, and data.

How is the library able to make this material available?

MSU Libraries is able to provide access to digital repository material that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  1. The materials are out of copyright or in the public domain.
  2. MSU Libraries has been authorized by the rights holder to make the materials available online.
  3. MSU is the copyright holder of the materials.

Individual collections and items offer more specific information about the copyright status of items in the digital repository.

How do I suggest a collection for inclusion in the digital repository?

Contact Devin Higgins, product owner for the digital repository team, to inquire about adding a collection to the repository. If collections are selected for inclusion in the repository, the repository team provides assistance with digital item formats and descriptions.

Every collection added to the repository must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. The digital files meet the digital repository size and format requirements.
  2. Each item in the collection can be described individually according to the repository's minimum metadata standards.
  3. Copyright status of the items is known, and MSU Libraries has the necessary copyright clearances or licenses to make the material available online.
  4. Material has been selected according to MSU Libraries collection development guidelines.