Through an impressive variety of events, workshops, resources, and services, the Libraries aim to “push the boundaries of human knowledge” and provide students with as many necessary skills as possible, says former postdoctoral research scholar and current Collection Services Librarian at The Burke Library, Jeffrey Wayno.
The experienced staff behind the Butler Library Circulation desk are your most valuable resource: “We want to be an access point for people who need help” finding materials in the Libraries, says team member Jennifer Loubriel.
Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen, who heads the Libraries’ Research Data Services group, engages with Columbia students and faculty on the cutting edge of their disciplines, challenging, inspiring, and surprising him in their varied approaches to research.
The Libraries are an inclusive “hub” of interdisciplinary activity, according to Marii Nyrop, who often collaborates across fields of study as a developer on the Digital Library & Scholarly Technologies team.
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.
Kimberly Springer, curator of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s expansive oral history collections, commemorates past and present events, crafting a meaningful collection of diverse voices for future scholars.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”