CONTENTdm product updates

  • CONTENTdm 6.6. This quarterly release was on November 18 and focused on incremental improvements—we improved our Page Flip feature and have added Side-by-Side View as the default option for postcard objects. We also did some work on our Hosted infrastructure.   
  • CONTENTdm 6.5. On September 9, we introduced Page Flip View, a beta feature that lets you browse items as if they were printed books, as part of version 6.5. There has been strong interest in Page Flip View from the user community and user feedback will drive ongoing improvements to this feature.
  • CONTENTdm 6.4. On June 12, we added new Usage Summary and Item Page Views reports, better integration with Google Analytics, an improved OAI-PMH implementation and improved SEO support as part of version 6.4.
  • A new tutorial on how to use Google Analytics with CONTENTdm 6.4 was also released. We recommend that users review this tutorial to learn more about gathering accurate usage statistics for your digital collections. The new tutorial is available for current CONTENTdm users from the CONTENTdm User Support Center: Getting started with Google Analytics in CONTENTdm 6.4.

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

Libraries have harvested more than 33 million digital records into WorldCat

You can harvest and crosswalk your institution’s metadata into WorldCat from OAI-compliant repositories, 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 visible and discoverable by end users who search and WorldCat Local, as well as Google, Yahoo! and other popular websites.

Learn how to get started using the Digital Collection Gateway.

Searching and browsing will be faster with CONTENTdm Hosting

All the searching, browsing and indexing for CONTENTdm sites is currently handled by a software component called FIND. Today, the FIND instances for most CONTENTdm Hosted sites run on shared virtual servers. To improve performance and to add capacity, we are introducing the FIND Farm: a Beowulf cluster of hundreds of physical servers that together share the load of running FIND for all CONTENTdm Hosted sites.

This is the same architecture OCLC uses for to support searching and indexing hundreds of millions of bibliographic records and tens of millions of full-text journal articles. Among other advantages, the FIND Farm increases the capacity for searching for every site by parallelizing each search across the entire cluster of processors. This means that any search or browse of a CONTENTdm Hosted site will happen faster than it does today.

Over the next several months, we will be migrating CONTENTdm Hosted sites to the FIND Farm. 

Upcoming CONTENTdm User Group Meetings


CONTENTdm Virtual Conference. December 5.

OCLC and Amigos Library Services will host the second annual CONTENTdm Virtual Conference on Thursday, December 5th, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time). The meeting is open at no cost to all current and prospective CONTENTdm users. Register today.


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

Please plan to join us in Columbia, South Carolina for an informative CONTENTdm User Group meeting. The meeting will be held in the brand new Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina. The conference will feature Keynote Speaker Jon Voss, Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director.

A call for proposals and registration link will be posted on the CONTENTdm User Support Center soon. Save the date!




The August 2013 CONTENTdm User Group Meeting

Hosted by the Seattle Public Library  

Keynote speaker, Stephanie Chase, Director of Library Programs and Services at the Seattle Public Library, kicked off the August 8 - 10 meeting with the presentation: “Collections, Digital Collections and User Experiences.”

This was a hugely successful event, bringing together CONTENTdm users, developers and OCLC staff for three days of sharing experiences and making plans for the future.

Many thanks to our hosts at the Seattle Public Library!

The 2-day meeting featured a series of sessions covering a wide range of topics from upgrading metadata and digitizing sheet music to using Google Fusion tables and developing collaborative partnerships.

On August 8, library staff also had the option to attend a 3-hour workshop on “CONTENTdm Usage Reporting with Google Analytics,” which  provided hands-on experience working with Google Analytics.




[If you are a current CONTENTdm user, you can view the presentations from the August 2013 CONTENTdm User Group Meeting at:]

Library staff share their experiences with CONTENTdm

Watch these YouTube videos of library staff sharing their CONTENTdm experiences:

  Denver Public Library [16 minutes; YouTube]. James Roger and Jamie Seemiller of the Denver Public Library talk about their Western History and Genealogy Digital Collections. They also discuss how they promote their collections, as well as how they engage their community to share and connect with history in new ways.

  Huntington Library [12 minutes; YouTube]. Dorothy Auyong, Principal Rare Book Cataloger at the Huntington Library, shares their library's best practices for cataloging digital materials, including manuscripts, rare books and more.

Featured "in the news"

CONTENTdm users and their digital collections

71 Digital Portals to State History. Library of Congress Daily Digest Bulletin (September 24, 2013). CONTENTdm users make up the majority of sites in this list of general-interest portals to historical resources. Here are just some of the great collections noted:

The Architect, the Assassination and the Conspiracy Advocate: Robert Cutler’s “Grassy Knoll Gazette.” The Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections Blog. (October 3, 2013). Visit the JFK: Cutler - Grassy Knoll Gazette Digital Collection for a full list of items. Baylor University has been using CONTENTdm to display and manage their digital collections since May 2006.

American Libraries Direct. Digital Library of the Week. (October 30, 2013). Allied Posters of World War I is a collection of more than 1,500 posters in Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center that was donated by George F. Tyler in 1937. Temple University has been using CONTENTdm since July 2006.