SWOSU Digital Commons Reaches New Milestone


As 2021 ended, the SWOSU Digital Commons at Southwestern Oklahoma State University passed another major milestone with 750,000 downloads made from the repository.

Readers and researchers at 16,774 institutions in 221 countries have downloaded 23,892 items since the SWOSU Digital Commons opened in March 2016.

Topping the list of downloads were two SWOSU-published items that were accessed more than 30,000 times each:

  • “KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF TEACHER LEADERS IN SCHOOLS,” which appeared in 2014 in the SWOSU-produced Administrative Issues Journal.
  • “Is Softball Harder Than Baseball?,” authored by student Madison Hughes in the 2016 SWOSU Sayre Student Anthology.

The SWOSU Digital Commons publishes scholarly and creative works by SWOSU faculty and students, in addition to serving as a repository for several publications produced by SWOSU or organizations in which SWOSU employees and students participate.  A wide variety of SWOSU historical reports and documents are also available on the repository, including yearbooks and course catalogs.

Phillip Fitzsimmons, reference and digitization librarian at the SWOSU Al Harris Library, said the repository mission is “these materials celebrate the history of the University and the diverse peoples and cultures of western Oklahoma.”

The repository can be accessed at https://dc.swosu.edu/. For more information, contact Fitzsimmons at 580.774.3030 or email [email protected].