About Digital Commons @ Macalester

Digital Commons @ Macalester, the institutional repository of Macalester College, provides open access to the scholarly works of Macalester College students, faculty, and staff. In addition to making these works discoverable and accessible globally, the repository hosts and preserves the scholarship and works of various departments, offices, and institutes across campus.

Macalester began publishing and archiving student undergraduate honors projects on Digital Commons @ Macalester in 2005, with 41 honors projects deposited that first year. Almost 20 years later, the repository has grown to over 1,000 student honors projects and hosts over 11,000 works in total…and growing. The repository includes journals, books, honors projects, faculty and staff research, and more.

Macalester College Library staff manage the Digital Commons @ Macalester repository, which increases the visibility of the intellectual output of the community and serves to demonstrate the quality and depth of scholarship that takes place at Macalester. This service integrates:

  • Copyright ownership: Authors retain their copyright and sign an agreement granting Macalester College the right to host and preserve their work in Digital Commons @ Macalester.
  • Open access: Most works are made publicly accessible for download, with exceptions made for publisher restrictions or privacy concerns, and Creative Commons licenses are displayed as chosen by the authors.
  • Long-term preservation: A secure server saves backup copies for preservation purposes.

For questions about Digital Commons @ Macalester platform or service please contact scholarpub@macalester.edu.