The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System will partner with the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies, Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History & Digital History, and Randforce Associates, LLC, to demonstrate the concept of a “digitized commons” that emphasizes selection and digitization of collections that are tied directly to virtual and physical activities and events that encourage local civic engagement. A broad range of community partners was selected to build this new resource, and model for community engagement, in a way that will help forge links between historical legacy and contemporary community challenges.