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Digital Commons@TMC Sept 2022-Aug 2023 Report

Digital Commons exhibits, ranging from history of The TMC Library, historical A/V and other topics.

Digital Commons@TMC experienced a busy year with 702 new articles, images, dissertations, and audio-visual materials submissions (255% increase from 2022), bringing the total count to 8,338 articles in the online repository. 205,552 total downloads were recorded with an average of 58.5 submissions added per month, viewed monthly by 7066 institutions and 210 countries (up 5.5% from 2022) around the world.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UT Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is the biggest dissertation and thesis contributors with 98 works posted (7.69% increase from 2022) in the last fiscal year. In addition, the newest two ejournals Digital Commons@TMC hosted, Teaching in Clinics and Journal of Shock and Hemodynamics, have now 44 articles and near 4000 downloads combined. Teaching in Clinics was also recognized and featured in UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School, “Journal opens discussion on medical education.”

Another major development on Digital Commons@TMC since Nov. 2022, was the implementation of Digital Commons exhibits. In addition, participating as a beta tester for the scrolling exhibit, a more modern kind of exhibit to create dynamic, narrative scrolling pages to engage viewers. The History of The Texas Medical Center Library: From 1915 to Present showcases materials using the scrolling exhibit.

Finally, including historical av materials on Digital Commons@TMC, either in the repository, or in exhibits. One of the examples is Historical A/V from the TMC, and currently there are 21 videos with 30 streams. The McGovern Historical Center recently digitized and shared online more than 50 archival films, videos, and sound recordings. Digitization was made possible by funding from South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium.