University of Colorado Denver

Auraria Library

Special Collections and Digital Initiatives
United States

Primary Contact:
Matthew Mariner
Head of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives

Program Overview

The mission of the Auraria Digital Library Program is to securely host, faithfully present, and freely distribute cultural, historical, educational, and scholarly content to Auraria Campus constituents and the interested public. The curation of scholarly publications, or the intellectual output of Auraria Campus staff, faculty, and students is of particular importance as it serves to promote and legitimize the activities of our institutions amongst our peers.

Year publishing activities began: 2012

Organization: services are distributed across campus

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (2)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: ETDs (152)

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video

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Internal partners: campus departments or programs

External partners: University of Colorado Denver Graduate School

Publishing platform(s): DigiTool

Digital preservation strategy: Amazon Glacier

Additional services: author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Offering a space for unpublished undergraduate works, which are often ignored, but given Auraria’s diverse and undergraduate-focused constituency, demand emphasis.
Auraria Library actually serves three unaffiliated schools on one campus (CU Denver; Metropolitan State University of Denver; and Community College of Denver). Currently, only CU Denver grants graduate degrees requiring a thesis or dissertation, but said school recently made ETDs mandatory. These are submitted to ProQuest, but co-delivered to the library, where they are hosted and made publicly available. We hope to add more capacity for inclusion of undergraduate works (capstones, undergrad research) that would be published solely in our repository (unlike ETDs, which are technically also held by ProQuest). In addition to these activities, our Scholarly Communications Librarian Jeffrey Beall offers advice to faculty regarding publishing, but he is currently forming plans to offer these services more concretely and publicly (i.e., campus-wide). View All Entries