Providence College’s Digital Commons, an open-access repository of faculty and student scholarship, has been redesigned! The new homepage features a gallery of some of the collections that we are digitizing and journals we are publishing, including the archive of PC’s student newspaper, The Cowl and The Providence College Art Journal, which publishes the Art History and Studio Art senior theses along with original student artworks in a variety of media. Check it out at: http://digitalcommons.providence.edu/.
Providence College’s Digital Commons, an open-access repository of faculty and student scholarship, has been redesigned! The new homepage features a... MORE
St. Thomas Aquinas (Reproduction), Artist: Sandro Botticelli, ca. 1481-82
DPS is proud to share that a digital version of the library’s current exhibit – Pillars of the Dominican Order: St. Dominic de Guzman & St. Thomas Aquinas- is now available through Digital Commons here.
Almost eight hundred years ago, in December of 1216, the birth of a new religious order also took place. Father Dominic de Guzman, a Spanish priest, petitioned Pope Honorius II successfully for a new religious order, which would come to be called the Order of Preachers. Founded to preach the Gospel and to combat heresy, the teaching activity of the order and its scholastic organization placed the Preachers in the forefront of the intellectual life of the Middle Ages. The catapult for this success was the very same Dominic de Guzman who had petitioned the Pope. In honor of this divine historical event and to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Catholic Church, this year’s Christmas Exhibit focuses on two pillars of the Dominican Order, St. Dominic de Guzman and St. Thomas Aquinas.
The exhibit consists of reproduction paintings by early renaissance artists, such as Diego Velazquez, Fra Angelico, Sandro Botticelli, and others depicting various scenes of the two Saints. In addition, the exhibit features the College’s 1632 printed edition of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, of which only a handful of copies are still in existence today. There is also one case in the exhibit highlighting the life of St. Martin De Porres, patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.
This exhibit celebrates the birth of our Savior, the coming eight hundredth year anniversary of the Dominican brotherhood, and the blessings these Saints have brought into the world as seen through the eyes of Renaissance artists.
You can also visit our previous library exhibits through Digital Commons here.
DPS is proud to share that a digital version of the library’s current exhibit – Pillars of the Dominican Order:... MORE
Digital Commons is Providence College’s institutional repository. Well, what does institutional repository mean, and why is having one useful for an academic community?
Scholar Raym Crow defines institutional repositories (IRs) as, “digital collections that preserve and provide access to the intellectual output of a single or multi-university community” (Crow, 2002 SPARC position paper, “The Case for Institutional Repositories”).
Basically, an IR is a place where scholarship written by a given institution’s students, faculty, and staff is made freely accessible online. IRs are usually managed through an institution’s library. IRs expand access to research, increase the institution’s visibility online, and provide long-term preservation of the institution’s digital scholarship.
What makes Providence College’s Digital Commons unique?
Providence College’s Digital Commons contains over 2964 records, which have been downloaded a total of 590088 times. Items include research, scholarship and creative works by Providence College faculty and students in a variety of media and formats including articles, monographs, white papers, proceedings, presentations, theses, artworks, performances, and multimedia products; as well as digitized primary source materials from the library’s Special and Archival Collections.
The content in PC’s Digital Commons comes from a range of academic disciplines. Click on the discipline wheel image to the right to explore the range of content that’s represented.
What kind of content is added to the repository regularly?
The Digital Publishing Services Department is adding content to Digital Commons all the time. Here is a selection of items we have added recently: