Mountain Scholar: Digital Collections of Colorado & Wyoming

Mountain Scholar repository logo with mountain range in red, dark blue, and light blue

About Mountain Scholar:

Mountain Scholar: Digital Collections of Colorado & Wyoming is a shared, collaborative initiative between Colorado & Wyoming academic libraries which:

  • Provides easy access to significant scholarly and creative works created nationally and internationally
  • Promotes the use of the products of campus research and thereby maximize their impact for individual researchers and scholars
  • Demonstrates the breadth, quality, and scope of research and scholarly activities through our campus and our Mountain Scholar partners
  • Identifies and supports best practices and strategies for the digital preservation of historically significant research and scholarship in Colorado & Wyoming
  • Coordinates digital access to these works between the libraries of Mountain Scholar, in order to:
    • insure access to resources well into the future
    • minimize duplicate efforts
    • take advantage of the collective expertise of the libraries’ staff
    • deliver good value for the investments made by Colorado citizens, by the US Federal Government, by public and private granting agencies supporting scholarly activities, and in the libraries

At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Mountain Scholar will:

  • Reflect the excellence of CU Anschutz
  • Support the rapid dissemination of research
  • Foster understanding and appreciation of the value of research, learning, and teaching at CU Anschutz
  • Ensure future, persistent, and reliable access to intellectual assets

The repository complements traditional means of scholarly communication, such as peer-reviewed journals, by expanding the readership and availability of scholarly research and encouraging submissions.

Typical Resource Types Deposited into Mountain Scholar:

  • Data sets
  • Journal articles (including published material, depending on copyright restrictions)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Pre-prints
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Technical reports
  • Poster and/or slide presentations
  • Professional activity materials
  • Projects and portfolios
  • Performances
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

In addition to the works of individual CU Anschutz authors/creators or CU Anschutz entities, such as colleges and departments, the repository hosts select archival materials created from the Strauss Library’s archival holdings to support teaching and research. Also, the repository contains digital content not authored by a CU Anschutz Medical Campus affiliate. For example, a campus unit may use the repository to post papers from a conference it sponsors, which includes authors from CU Anschutz and other institutions or organizations.

Overall, the works are scholarly, educational, and/or research based and reflect the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. However, we are open to new ideas so please contact us with your submission.