Just Launched: 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.

Collection Services Librarian Jeffrey Wayno Teaches Students Crucial Skills

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.

Head of Research Data Services Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen Connects with the Columbia Community

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.

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