2019 World Digital Preservation Day

By Dina Sokolova, Violeta Ilik, and Stephen Davis Columbia University Libraries is joining the international community today in the annual celebration of World Digital Preservation Day. The theme this year is ‘At-Risk Digital Materials’ and the community again comes together to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital […]

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Ford International Fellowships Program (IFP) Archive

Columbia’s Ford International Fellowships Program Archive was officially launched on May 16, 2016. The archive includes content from the more than twelve years the IFP program was active (2001-2013), awarding fellowships to more than 4,300 individuals with the goal of improving access to higher education worldwide and promoting community development and social justice. It provides […]

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Support for the Libraries’ Online Exhibitions: LDPD & Omeka

This winter and spring, LDPD supported five projects built using Omeka, our online exhibition platform.  These online exhibitions range from the very current Love In Action project, which actively gathers supporting documents and photos from Union Theological Seminary’s present-day activism, to early modern literature from the Elizabethan and Jacobean period.  The exhibitions accompany a conference, […]

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Sydney Howard Gay’s Record of Fugitives

Sydney Howard Gay was the editor of the weekly abolitionist publication, the National Anti-Slavery Standard and a key operative in the underground railroad in New York City.  Over two years, he meticulously recorded the arrival of fugitive slaves at his office in two volumes he called The Record of Fugitives, which is included in the Gay Papers at […]

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#LoveInAction

The #LoveInAction project is an entirely new direction for our Omeka work, more a real-time digital archive than an online exhibition of curated items.  Union Theological Seminary (UTS) faculty, students, and alumni have long been engaged in social justice activism.  Working from Cornel West’s premise that “justice is what love looks like in public,” the […]

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Cornelius Vander Starr, His Life and Work

Who, one might wonder, was C.V. Starr?  More than one East Asian Library bears his name, including ours at Columbia.  This new exhibition works to answer that question and offer information about the patron who championed both scholarship and a better understanding of Asia.  His legacy lives on in The Starr Foundation, which awards grants […]

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Early Modern Futures Exhibition

The online Early Modern Futures exhibition accompanied the Early Modern Futures Conference held in April 2015 as well as a physical exhibition in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML).  Developed by graduate students working with Karla Nielsen RBML’s Curator of Literature, the online exhibition explores how early modern literature conceived of future events, how […]

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A Church is Born: Church of South India Inauguration

In the exhibition, A Church is Born: Church of South India Inauguration, Omeka is serving a greater purpose than simply content management for an exhibition: it is providing a way of digitally preserving a deteriorating filmstrip that was discovered in the Burke Libraries’ Archives.  Documenting one of the most historically significant processes in the Church […]

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The Old York Library

Seymour Durst’s Old York Library Collection Comprised of more than 20,000 items, including postcards, books, maps, and more, Seymour Durst’s Old York Library Collection has been digitized as part of the $4 million gift from the Durst family. $1.2 million of that gift was earmarked for the cataloging, housing, and digitization of the collection, and […]

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