Originally established as the Colorado Digitization Project in 1999, the CDP later evolved into the Collaborative Digitization Program, earning national recognition for its collaborative digitization expertise. The CDP merged into BCR in April 2007, creating BCR's CDP. In 2010 BCR established a partnership with LYRASIS which hosts and has added new resources for practitioners working in the areas of digitization and preservation. The best practices and digital toolbox materials came from the Collaborative Digitization Program's website. Links to other ongoing collaborative digitization projects focused on cultural heritage materials, articles, and documents about specific projects are available below. 

Collaborative Digitization Programs in the United States

This site provides links to ongoing collaborative digitization projects that focus on cultural heritage materials. Articles and documents about specific projects are also noted.

Blecksmith, Anne. "Visual resources online." College & Research Libraries News 69, no. 5 (May 2008): 275-278.

Downer, Sherida, Sue Medina, Beth Nicol, and Aaron Trehub. "AlabamaMosaic: Sharing Alabama History Online." Library Hi Tech 23, no. 2 (2005): 233-251.


Alaska's Digital Archive


Arizona Memory Project​​


California Digital Library


Blecksmith, Anne. "Visual resources online." College & Research Libraries News 69, no. 5 (May 2008): 275-278.

Schmidt, Ford. "Calisphere." College & Research Libraries News 70, no. 1 (January 2009): 58-59.

Online Archive of California

Chandler, Robin. Museums in the Online Archive of California (MOAC): Building Digital Collections Across Libraries and Museums [online]. First Monday 7, no. 5 (May 2002). 

Rinehart, Richard. MOAC -- A Report on Integrating Museum and Archive Access in the Online Archive of California using XML [online]. D-Lib Magazine 9, no.1 (Jan 2003).

OAC History provides numerous additional references.


Alliance Digital Repository (Colorado Association Research Libraries)

Allen, Nancy. Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) [online]. D-Lib Magazine 10, no. 4 (April 2004).

Historic Newspaper Digitization [Interview online]. Colorado Matters. Colorado Public Radio, 22 January 2004. 

Bishoff, Liz. Interoperability and Standards in a Museum/Library Collaborative: The Colorado Digitization Project [online]. First Monday 5, no. 6 (June 2000).

Garrison, William A. Retrieval Issues for the Colorado Digitization Project's Heritage Database [online]. D-Lib Magazine 7, no. 10 (October 2001). 


Connecticut History Online

Foulke, Kathleen, Nancy Milnor, Melissa Watterworth, and Thomas Wilsted. The Power of Partnering: The Cooperative Creation of Digital Collections [online]. Journal of Digital Information 5, no. 3 (2004). 

Woodward, Walter W., and Roy Rozenzweig. "Web Sites Reviews." Journal of American History 92, no. 4 (March 2006): 1534-1535.

District of Columbia

WRLC Libraries Digital and Special Collections 


PALMM: Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials

Caplan, Priscilla. "A PALMM Grows in Florida: The Publication of Archival, Library and Museum Materials Program." Resource Sharing & Information Networks 16, no. 1 (2002): 53-65.

Kesse, Erich. "Ephemeral Cities." RLG DigiNews 8, no. 4 (December 15, 2004).

Kesse, Erich. "Ephemeral Cities of Florida" [Video online]. Sharing Digital Resources: Web-Wise 2004. First Monday 9, no. 5 (4 May 2004). 
Erich is the second speaker.


Digital Library of Georgia


Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive


Digital Past

Schlumpf, Kay, and Rob Zschernitz. "Weaving the Past into the Present by Digitizing Local History." Computers in Libraries 27 (March 2007): 10-14.

Illinois Digital Archives

Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive [Iowa/Illinois border]


Indiana Memory


Iowa Heritage Digital Collections

Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive [Iowa/Illinois border]


Western Trails


Kentuckiana Digital Library

Blaser, K. "Kentuckiana Digital Library." Choice 40 (July-August 2003): 1970.

Weig, Eric. The KYVL Kentuckiana Digital Library Project [online]. D-Lib Magazine 8, no. 6 (June 2002).


LOUISiana Digital Library


Maine Memory Network

Dyer, Ellen. Maine Memory Network: The Challenges of Digital Collaboration [online]. NEA Newsletter 30, no. 4 (October 2003).

Lutz, Marilyn and Laura Gallucci. "The Maine Music Box." First Monday 10, no. 6 (June 2005). Available from: .

Lutz, Marilyn. "The Maine Music Box: A Pilot Project to Create a Digital Music Library." Library Hi Tech 22, no. 3 (2004): 283-294.

Windows on Maine [Video On Demand]


Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage


Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth

Northeast Massachusetts Digital Library


Making of Modern Michigan

Jones, Ruth Ann. "Empowerment for digitization: lessons learned from The Making of Modern Michigan." Library Hi Tech 23, no. 2 (2005): 205-219.


Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Digital Library Coalition. Wisconsin Digital Library Conference, March 24, 2004.


Mississippi Digital Library


Missouri Digital Heritage


Montana Memory Project


Nebraska Memories

Nebraska Western Trails


Nevada Digital Initiative

Mountain West Digital Library

Nevada Statewide Digital Advisory Committee and the Nevada State Library and Archives. Nevada Statewide Digital Plan. June 4, 2009.

New Jersey

New Jersey Digital Highway

Jeng, Judy. "Evaluation of the New Jersey Digital Highway." Information Technology & Libraries 27, no. 4 (December 2008): 17-24.

Rogers, Michael. "New Jersey Libraries Team Up for Statewide Digital Highway." Library Journal 129, no. 2 (February 2004): 27-28.

New Mexico

Online Archive of New Mexico

New York

Digital Metro New York​

Hudson River Valley Heritage

New York Heritage

North Carolina

North Carolina ECHO Newsletter

Tibbo, Helen R., Kevin Cherry, and Claire Eager. Preservation Metadata for the Real World: The NC ECHO Preservation Metadata Model. In Museums and the Web 2003. Conference proceedings. Archives & Museum Informatics, March 19-22, 2003, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Wisser, Katherine. "Meeting Metadata Challenges in the Consortial Environment: Metadata Coordination for North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online." Library Hi Tech 23, no. 2 (2005): 164-71.
Museum Metadata in a Collaborative Environment: North Carolina ECHO and the North Carolina Museums Council Metadata Working Group. In Museums and the Web 2004: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, 2004.



Hicks, Emily A., Jody Perkins, and Margaret Beecher Maurer. "Application Profile Development for Consortial Digital Libraries." Library Resources & Technical Services 51, no. 2 (April 2007): 116-131.

Ohio Memory

Gemmill, Laurie, Angela O'Neal. "Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook: Creating a Statewide Digital Library." Library Hi Tech 23, no. 2 (2005): 172-86.

Rosenzweig, Roy. "Web Site Reviews." Journal of American History 90, no. 3 (December 2003): 1148-1153.


Oklahoma Heritage Online 


Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive

Wykoff, Leslie, Laurie Mercier, Trever Bond and Alan Cornish. "The Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive: A tri-state online history database and learning center." Library Hi Tech 23, no. 2 (2005): 252-264.


Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository

Historic Pittsburgh

Galloway, Edward A. "Imaging Pittsburgh: Creating a shared gateway to digital image collections of the Pittsburgh region" [online]. First Monday 9, no. 5 (3 May 2004). 

Mihalega, Anna Maria, and Edward A. Galloway. "Your Collection Is Online and the Honeymoon's Over: NOW WHAT?." Computers in Libraries 23, no. 6 (June 2003): 26-29.

Shaw, Elizabeth J. "Building A Digital Library: A Technology Manager's Point of View." Journal of Academic Librarianship 26, no. 6 (November 2000): 394-398.

South Carolina

South Carolina Digital Library

South Dakota

Digital Library of South Dakota

South Dakota Memory


Volunteer Voices


Texas Digital Library

Carlson, Scott. "Texas Universities Create a Digital Library for Scholars and the Public." Chronicle of Higher Education 51, no. 47 (July 29, 2005): A35.

Texas Heritage Online

Texas Tides

The Portal to Texas History

Hartman, Cathy Nelson, Dreanna Belden, Nancy K Reis, Daniel Gelaw Alemneh, Mark Phillips, and Doug Dunlop. "Development of a Portal to Texas History." Library Hi Tech 23, no. 2 (2005): 151-163.


Mountain West Digital Library

Arlitsch, Kenning, and Jeff Jonsson. "Aggregating Distributed Digital Collections in the Mountain West Digital Library with the CONTENTdmTM Multi-site Server." Library Hi Tech 23, no. 2 (2005): 220-232.

Arlitsch, Kenning, and Sarah Michalak. Statewide Digital Consortia: Establishing and Sustaining the Mountain West Digital Library [online]. Wisconsin Digital Library Conference, March 24, 2004. 


Virginia Memory


Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive

King County Snapshots

Washington State Digital Libraries Portal


State of Wisconsin Collection

Recollection Wisconsin​


Wyoming Memory

Regional Projects

Related Sites

Thanks to Ken Middleton at the Middle Tennessee State University Library for creating the original version of this resource.​​​​​