Gardner-Webb University Announces Establishment of New Digital Commons

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Open-Access Institutional Repository Provides Singular Location for Wide Range of Digital Work 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Gardner-Webb University John R. Dover Library has established an open access online data storage center to showcase scholarly and creative works created by university faculty, staff, and students. Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University is an online institutional repository that will include faculty and student papers, conference and event information, on-campus publications, multimedia presentations, and more.

According to Mary Roby, GWU Dean of Libraries, current collections housed in Digital Commons include theses and dissertations, a faculty and staff book gallery, library page with university archives and open access eBook collection, and links to the Journal of Organizational and Educational Leadership (JOEL), as well as other university publications.

Holly Mabry serves as GWU Digital Services Librarian. She is excited about the future opportunities available through Digital Commons. “As an open-access networked space, Digital Commons is highly discoverable on Google and other search engines to a global audience,” Mabry shared. “Potential upcoming collections include—but are not limited to—additional journals, image galleries, on-campus conferences and events, publications, and original research papers.”

To access Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University, visit To submit an item for inclusion, email

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).