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Forsyth Digital Collections presents their content on more than one digital collections platform. Since the acquisition of Digital Commons and the launch of the FHSU Scholars Repository in January 2016, there has been an institutional effort to determine which platform is best suited to displaying existing content. Beginning in 2009, the FHSU Reveille Yearbooks collection had been hosted in CONTENTdm. This collection suffered from issues relating to access and user experience. In 2014 additional effort was put into improving the collection though those efforts did not achieve the desired result. In the spring of 2017 it was determined that the Reveille Yearbooks were a good candidate for moving from CONTENTdm to Digital Commons. The purpose of this case study is to examine the thought process in determining why this collection was unsuited to CONTENTdm, why Digital Commons was the better platform, what choices we made in presenting this collection in Digital Commons, the practical difference between the two platforms, and a retrospective comparison of usage between the two platforms.