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The Loyola Marymount University library recently partnered with the Online Archive of California’s Calisphere to harvest metadata records from LMU’s Digital Collections. Partnering with Calisphere was a strategic move as Calisphere serves as an on-ramp for our digital collections in to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Currently smaller institutions are unable to directly share their collections with the DPLA, hence this partnership between LMU and Calisphere. Once the content is in the DPLA, it will also result in greater discoverability and access to LMU’s Digital Collections. The process to harvest LMU’s metadata into Calisphere required signing an MOU with the OAC, creating and sharing OAI URLs, adding rights statements and publishing them to Calisphere. This partnership in itself has dramatically increased the discovery and access to our digital collections, and once our collections are in the DPLA, we anticipate increased usage of our digital content and special collections materials.