California Digital Library

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The California Digital Library (CDL) is the University of California's 11th University Library. The CDL was founded to assist the ten University of California libraries in sharing their resources and holdings more effectively, in part through negotiating and acquiring consortial licenses on behalf of the entire University of California libraries system. Its current mission is to support the assembly and creative use of the world's scholarship and knowledge for the University of California libraries and the communities they serve.

Among its programs and services are the Online Archive of California, Calisphere, Melvyl (the union catalog of the UC libraries), and the eScholarship Publishing Program,[1] which provides open access and alternative publication services to the University of California.


The California Digital Library's mission is "to support the community’s pursuit of scholarship and to extend the University’s public service mission.[2]" The California Digital Library’s vision is to provide quality collections that are accessible to everyone, available in all digital formats, and available on a global scale. The California Digital Library believes it can make a difference by transforming research, teaching, and learning by exemplifying their values of innovation, collaboration, openness, sharing, privacy, and learning.


The California Digital Library (CDL) is a eleventh library for the University of California (UC). A collaborative effort of the ten campuses, organizationally housed at the University of California Office of the President, it is responsible for the design, creation, and implementation of systems that support the shared collections of the University of California. Several CDL projects focus on collaboration with other California Universities and organizations to create and extend access to digital material to UC partners and to the public at large. The CDL is the result of a three-year planning process, beginning with the Digital Library Executive Working Group commissioned by Library Council and culminating with the Library Planning and Action Initiative commissioned by the Provost, which involved UC faculty, librarians, and administrators.

Information Retrieval Services[edit]

The California Digital Library utilizes different tools and techniques in order to connect users with the information they're searching for in an efficient and timely manner. This subject is the focus of the CDL's Discovery and Delivery team, whose goal is the integration of library services and resources in order to remove barriers between users and content.[3] The Discovery & Delivery team works on customizing the ways users access digital content.[3]


Melvyl is the discovery platform for the UC Libraries. Melvyl, powered by OCLC WorldCat Local, offers seamless connection to the larger research world – the ability to search 800 million+ items from research institutions throughout the world.


UC-eLinks is a feature developed to make resource requesting ubiquitous and streamlined. The UC-eLink button is inserted, through personalized URL manipulation, into library catalogs, online databases, citation programs, and in the citations of articles themselves.[4] Users can then click on the button in order to access the associated publication, or request access if it is a print-only resource. Inter-library loan requests can also be quickly made with the UC-eLink request form, as well as tutorials on library resource requests in general.[5] This sort of system impacts the perceptions of its users, putting all library resources seemingly in the realm of digital, as well as allowing all credit for the resources to be claimed by UC-eLinks, creating an association between the library and the experience.[5] Additionally, UC-eLinks has provided a new opportunity for the analysis of user's resource utilization and request patterns.

Publishing Services[edit]

The Access & Publishing Group, comprising the Publishing and Digital Special Collections (DSC) teams, develops and maintains production services that enable robust access to the unique digital assets of the University of California and beyond. The Publishing team provides the University of California scholarly community with innovative digital publication and distribution opportunities through the development of advanced technologies and creative partnerships. The DSC team supports collaboration between libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California to provide access to a world class digital collection that serves an array of end users, from researchers and scholars to students and the general public.


eScholarship is a suite of open access scholarly publishing services and research tools that enable UC departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of their scholarship.

Online Archive of California[edit]

The Online Archive of California (OAC) is a website providing free public access to collection guides, describing primary resource collections held by libraries, archives, and museums throughout California.


Calisphere is a gateway to thousands of digitized primary sources from institutions throughout the state, aggregated and optimized for ease of discovery and use.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ eScholarship Publishing Program
  2. ^ California Digital Library. "Mission, Vision, and Values". Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b California Digital Library. "Discovery & Delivery: What we do". 
  4. ^ California Digital Library. "What UC-eLinks Does". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Huwe, Terence (March 2004). "Convergence of Interlibrary Loan and Local Collections". Computers in Libraries 3 (24). 

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