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CONTENTdm® "quick start"

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What is CONTENTdm?

OCLC's CONTENTdm digital collection management software provides a full range of integrated tools for collection building and management as well as a customizable end-user interface. Whether you have local history archives, newspapers, books, maps or audio/video, CONTENTdm can handle the storage, management and delivery of them to your users and to researchers worldwide via the Web.

CONTENTdm “quick start” is included with your library’s WorldCat Discovery Services or WorldShare Management Services subscription at no additional charge. With CONTENTdm “quick start,” your library will receive an OCLC-hosted CONTENTdm website with the ability to store and manage up to 100 items.

With CONTENTdm “quick start,” there’s no need to worry about managing servers or software, since it’s hosted at OCLC’s US Data Center and completely supported by OCLC staff.

Getting started with CONTENTdm "quick start"

1. Join us for a CONTENTdm & WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway Overview.

If you have questions after attending the Overview, please e-mail us at contentdm@oclc.org.

2. Activate your CONTENTdm instance.

Are you ready to start building your digital collections? You can get started with CONTENTdm "quick start" by completing and submitting the Activation Form.

Upon receiving your form, OCLC will send you a Welcome Letter and instructions within one week.

  • CONTENTdm Basic Skills 1 - Getting started with CONTENTdm
  • CONTENTdm Basic Skills 2 - Working with text in CONTENTdm
  • CONTENTdm Basic Skills 3 - Maintaining collections in CONTENTdm




Overview of CONTENTdm [Video, 4 minutes]


CONTENTdm brochure [PDF]

Guiding Digital Success [PDF]


CONTENTdm home page

Frequently asked questions about CONTENTdm "quick start" [PDF]