CONTENTdm product updates

  • NEW RELEASE! CONTENTdm 6.7 was released on March 10. It includes automated creation of XML sitemaps, improved accessibility for visually impaired users, rich snippet capabilities in item views and an updated inline video player. For CONTENTdm Hosting Services, the FIND Farm rollout was completed, which reduced "Browse All" times as much as fivefold, and we have made additional performance enhancements that will roll out shortly after the 6.7 release.
  • CONTENTdm 6.6 was released November 18 and included improved Page Flip functionality and a new Side-by-Side View as the default option for postcard objects.
  • Additionally, a tutorial on how to use Google Analytics is available. We recommend that you review this tutorial to learn more about gathering accurate usage statistics for your digital collections. It is available for current users from the CONTENTdm User Support Center: Getting started with Google Analytics.

[If you are a current CONTENTdm user, you can login to the CONTENTdm User Support Center for more details on the quarterly releases.]

Increase the visibility of your digital collections with WorldCat

Do you know that you can add your digital collection's metadata to WorldCat from any OAI-PMH compliant repository, such as CONTENTdm, using the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway—a free, Web-based tool?

Once your metadata is in WorldCat, your digital content is more discoverable by end users who search and WorldCat Local, as well as Google, Yahoo! and other popular search engines. Learn how to get started using the Digital Collection Gateway.

NEW! Office hours with CONTENTdm staff

Starting in 2014, CONTENTdm users are invited to office hours hosted by Christian Sarason, OCLC Product Manager, and Geri Bunker Ingram, OCLC Customer Service Manager.

Christian's office hours will be the fourth Thursday of every month and Geri's will be the second Tuesday of every other month, alternating with her CONTENTdm and Gateway overview session. Christian and Geri will cover a range of topics that will be useful for those just getting started as well as advanced users.  

Current CONTENTdm users can visit the CONTENTdm User Support Center for more details; note that reminders will be posted to the General Discussions forum.

If you currently aren't a CONTENTdm user and have questions, please email us at:

Upcoming CONTENTdm Events


The Public Library Association (PLA) Conference 2014.

March 13, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Room 212

Join us to learn how to highlight your library and community through your special collections. Hear what two Indiana libraries have accomplished with OCLC’s CONTENTdm. Connie Renfeld, Indiana State Library, and Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library, will share their successes. Ron Gardner, OCLC, will provide an overview of CONTENTdm and will facilitate this exciting program. To attend this session, please register

The Southern CONTENTdm User Group Meeting. May 20-21, 2014.

Please plan to join us in Columbia, South Carolina for an exciting and informative CONTENTdm User Group meeting. The University of South Carolina is hosting the meeting, which will be held at their new Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. The conference will feature Keynote Speaker Jon Voss, Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director. Click here for more information and to register.



CONTENTdm collections featured "in the news"

Library Builds Portal to the Past. The Columbus Dispatch (January 23, 2014). The Columbus Metropolitan Library in central Ohio has been building a digital catalog of 10,000+ historical images now available on the Web via CONTENTdm. Visit the library's image collection online.

Rescuing and Digitally Preserving the Cultural Heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains The Library of Congress’ The Signal Digital Preservation (January 17, 2014). Anna Fariello at Hunter Library in Western Carolina University works to preserve history by ensuring key materials are digitized and made accessible online. Hunter library uses CONTENTdm to manage its online collections.

Antique ALA Posters Preserved. American Libraries magazine (January/February 2014). The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has digitized the American Library Association (ALA) Archives' poster collection and published them online using CONTENTdm. The online collection includes oversized posters, rotogravures and architectural drawings.

Library staff share their experiences with CONTENTdm

  The Seattle Public Library [YouTube; 15 minutes]. Bo Kinney, Special Collections Librarian, talks about their special collections and how they use CONTENTdm to share their collections on the Web.

The University of Texas San Antonio and Des Plaines Public Library  [WebEx recording, 55 minutes]. Library staff discuss how they engage their users with the power of their digital collections by configuring their library’s CONTENTdm websites.

The December 2013 CONTENTdm Virtual Conference

Hosted by Amigos and OCLC

The 2nd Annual CONTENTdm Virtual Conference took place on December 5, drawing 184 digital collections professionals from around the world.

Highlights of the meeting included user presentations on transforming metadata to linked data and migrating to CONTENTdm Hosting Services. There were also updates and how-to's from OCLC CONTENTdm staff.

Many thanks to our co-host, Christine Peterson of Amigos Library Services!


[If you are a current CONTENTdm user, you can view the slides and videos from the Virtual Conference at:]