Letter from Dean Palmer

This spring, the Greenwood Library is launching DIGITAL COMMONS @ LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY, Longwood’s institutional repository, to serve our campus community.  Acting as a digital showcase, the repository promotes discovery, research, cross-disciplinary collaboration and instruction by collecting, preserving and providing access to scholarly work created at Longwood University.

What are the benefits of participating in the Digital Commons?

  • ACCESS to your scholarly work is expanded. The Digital Commons offers powerful dissemination that complements traditional publishing and expedites immediate access to your scholarly work.
  • YOU RETAIN all previously-held rights to your works. The Digital Commons accepts your copyright ownership and allows you to freely and legally link to your research output.
  • TENURE procedure is facilitated.  The Digital Commons satisfies requirements to publicly disseminate the results of grant generated research.
  • SEARCH FRIENDLY The Digital Commons’ open-access platform is optimized for visibility through Google and other search engines, making your work more frequently cited, more visible, and more likely to have greater impact. In a time when the average annual scholarly journal subscription costs $1,200, open-access is more important than ever.
  • LONGEVITY & POSTERITY The Digital Commons is archived and digitally preserved.

What are we asking you to do? Nothing! To get our program off the ground, we will be uploading a number of resources found through a campus-wide scan of accessible published material. An email will be sent to individuals that will include a list of available publications that could be uploaded to the repository.  At that time, you will be able to decide if you do not wish to allow us to include your work in the repository, or would like only selected works included.

Over time, we will work with you personally to best represent your body of work. Volunteers for this personalization step are welcome! If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to send those to our Special Collections and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Amanda Hartman, at hartmanar@longwood.edu.

I look forward to building this important resource for the Longwood community with your input, and thank you for your consideration,


Suzy Szasz Palmer
Dean of the Greenwood Library

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