Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Launches the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. Built by the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, member libraries of the Latin America Libraries of the Northeast Group, and with significant contributions from members of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, the Archive comprises Brazilian government websites in the areas of human rights, the environment, LGBTQ issues, and culture, for the period following the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on October 28, 2018, up to his inauguration on January 1, 2019. The collection targets web content considered to be vulnerable due to the anticipated consolidation or elimination in the aforementioned areas, and represents a snapshot of government content before Bolsonaro took office, with the aim of preserving these important, but potentially ephemeral, documents for researchers and scholars.

The Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive was built to preserve web content created by the Brazilian government related to culture, the environment, human rights, and LGBTQ issues that is predicted to be erased or consolidated under the administration of the newly-elected Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, pictured here at his inauguration in January 2019.

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is a partnership between Brown University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Yale University. The Web Resources Collection Program is an initiative of the Confederation’s Collection Development Group, under the direction of the Web Advisory Committee and Samantha Abrams, the Web Resources Collection Librarian. Now in its second year, the Program has six additional public collections: the Collaborative Architecture, Urbanism, and Sustainability Web Archive; the Contemporary Composers Web Archive; the Global Webcomics Web Archive; the National Statistical Offices and Central Banks Web Archive; the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive, and the State Elections Web Archive.

If you have questions about the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive or the larger Web Collecting Program, please reach out to ivyplusweb@library.columbia.edu.

Ivy Plus Libraries Launches the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive. Spearheaded by the Confederation’s Art & Architecture Librarians Group, the collection aims to preserve the personal and official websites belonging to notable contemporary Latin American and Caribbean artists in order to assure the continuing availability of the sites’ important content for researchers. The collection is an extension of an existing effort focused on collecting publications in all formats that document contemporary art and artists of Latin America and the Caribbean and defines contemporary art as it refers to ‘developments in the visual arts from 1975 to the present.’

An artist’s display in a Guatemalan market, also featured in the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive.

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is a partnership between Brown University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Yale University. The Web Resources Collection Program is an initiative of the Confederation’s Collection Development Group, under the direction of the Web Advisory Committee and Samantha Abrams, the Web Resources Collection Librarian. Now in its second year, the Program has five additional public collections: the Collaborative Architecture, Urbanism, and Sustainability Web Archive; the Contemporary Composers Web Archive; the Global Webcomics Web Archive; the National Statistical Offices and Central Banks Web Archive; and the State Elections Web Archive.

If you have questions about the Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive, or the larger Web Collecting Program, please reach out to ivyplusweb@library.columbia.edu.

Columbia Libraries Celebrates World Digital Preservation Day

Columbia University Libraries joins the international digital preservation community today in celebrating World Digital Preservation Day to recognize the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. The commemorative day seeks “to create greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, personal good practice.”

Columbia Libraries holds many millions of digital items in over 300 computer file formats, content that includes digitized reproductions of papyri and clay tablets, manuscripts, archival photographs, historical publications, artworks, sound recordings, film, video, and three-dimensional objects, as well as archival material from statesmen, politicians, and philanthropic organizations such as the Ford and Carnegie foundations. Our digital collections are expanding rapidly as a result of new acquisitions of content originating in digital format, and our ongoing digitization of unique cultural heritage materials from new and existing archival and specialized collections continues. On our website, you can view a portion of our preserved digital collections that we have published for open use, such as the Columbia Spectator Archive, the papers of composer Ulysses Kay, and the holdings of sixteenth-century Italian architect and theoretician, Sebastiano Serlio.

Meet Janina Marquordt, Bibliographic Assistant at Diamond Law Library

“My name is Janina Marquordt and I work in technical services, which includes a wide range of tasks and a whole lot of expertise in different areas in order to make materials available through the Libraries. I love being part of that extensive process. Also, as an immigrant, I love learning about different languages and cultures and the diverse backgrounds of other members of this community.”

Janina Marquordt

Meet Emily Holmes, Assistant Director of Preservation Reformatting

“My name is Emily Holmes and my expertise extends to all areas of library preservation, with an emphasis on reformatting and digitizing the Libraries’ collections. My favorite part of my career is being able to make Columbia’s world-renowned collections available to people all over the world through digitization and preservation. I also value the opportunity to teach preservation to the next generation of librarians.”

Emily Holmes

 

Meet Breck Witte, Director of Library Information Technology

“I’m Breck Witte and as Director of Library IT, I’m privileged to lead a team of dedicated and resourceful professionals who provide a range of computing services to the University community. From workstations in our digital centers and other public spaces to CLIO, Borrow Direct, ReCAP discovery to delivery, and related services, our focus is on facilitating discovery and speeding delivery and fulfillment in support of research, teaching, and learning. My favorite part of my job is finding innovative ways to knit together disparate systems to provide as seamless a user experience as possible.”

Breck Witte

Meet Yingwen Huang, Processing Archivist

“I’m Yingwen Huang and I arrange and describe archival collections in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, specifically historical manuscripts and documents in the Chinese language. My interests include East Asian languages, history, and culture. My favorite part of my job is making our collections more accessible to everyone and assisting researchers from all over the world in learning more about our collections and utilizing them.”

Yingwen Huang