CVL Collections FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in CVL Collections?

Any library, museum, archive, agency, society, or cultural heritage organization in the state of Colorado with collection that can be made publicly accessible is eligible. For individuals or organizations with one-off oral histories, photos, or other types of material, Stories of Colorado is an alternative way to make digital objects available online. If you are not sure where your stuff belongs, contact Marisa Wood.

Does it cost anything to participate in the CVL Collections program?

CVL Collections is free to most organizations, depending on collection size, and we offer cost sharing options if you have lots of stuff.  Click here for the cost sharing schedule, and additional information.

Can CVL Collections help with digitization (i.e. the creation of digital objects)?

The Colorado State Library (CSL) offers Digital Creation Kits to libraries and cultural heritage organizations that  don’t have the funds to purchase digitization equipment, and/or don’t have a long-term need for it. Kit contents are designed to make archive creation more accessible, and give our communities the resources they need to begin sharing their stories digitally.

Do I have to share my collection with the Digital Public Library of America through the Plains to Peak Collective?

Yes! The purpose of CVL Collections is to help libraries and cultural heritage organizations reach a wider audience on a national platform through the DPLA.  You have the opportunity to increase traffic to your collections and therefore your institution. It also allows you to connect your collection stories with the stories held by other institution, creating a richer, more complete experience for the end user.

What is a content management system?

A Content Management System (also known as a Collections Management System, Digital Repository, Digital Archive, etc.) is an online database of digital objects that can include text, still images, audio, video, or other digital media formats. In addition to storing content, digital libraries provide means for organizing, describing, searching, and retrieving the content contained in the collection.  Some commonly used CMS include: ContentDM, Luna, Primo, Past Perfect, Omeka, among others.

Are there risks to making my collection available online?

Sometimes folks worry that if they make their collections available online, people will stop visiting in person, and we are here to tell you that that simply is not the case. The reality is that putting collections online actually increases your visitation. Additionally, visitation isn’t just about getting people in the physical door.  It also includes users engaging with your collection or community history online.