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CONTENTdm "quick start" for FirstSearch Base Package subscribers

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What is CONTENTdm?

OCLC's CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software can make everything in your digital collections available to everyone, everywhere. No matter the format—local history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries or audio/video—CONTENTdm can handle the storage, management and delivery of your collections to users across the Web.

As a FirstSearch Base Package subscriber, you're eligible to receive:

  • The CONTENTdm software hosted by OCLC
  • Three Project Clients for building your digital collections
  • 10GB of storage for up to 3,000 digital items

If you find that your requirements exceed any of these limits, we’ll work with you to review purchasing options to continue seamless growth of your collections.

Getting started

We’ve created training modules just for you. In addition, we've provided resource information and the form to activate your CONTENTdm "quick start" hosted instance.

  1. Attend a free Orientation session [Streaming video, 77 minutes]

    This recorded Webinar will teach you how to build your first CONTENTdm collection using your desktop browser. It also will provide more information about your CONTENTdm "quick start" instance. If you have questions after viewing the Orientation session, please email us at
  2. Activate your CONTENTdm instance

    Are you ready to launch your digital collections? Do you have digital objects and metadata ready to upload to your CONTENTdm Web site? You can get started with CONTENTdm now.

  3. Attend a free CONTENTdm Basic Use session

    After your CONTENTdm instance is activated, attend this live, free Web session designed to assist new users in building digital collections. During the 2-hour session, you’ll learn more about how to use the CONTENTdm Project Client. We’ll also cover using controlled vocabularies and maintaining your metadata. This session is held on a monthly basis.

Additional resources


CONTENTdm 6 Overview [WebEx recording, 45 minutes]


CONTENTdm brochure [PDF]

Guiding Digital Success [PDF]


CONTENTdm home page

Frequently asked questions about CONTENTdm "quick start" for FirstSearch Base Package subscribers [PDF]


Current user experiences

Grand Valley State University [PDF]

CONTENTdm helps Michigan University rapidly compile digital collections.

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