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Emily Holmes Appointed Director of Preservation at Columbia University Libraries

Vice Provost and University Librarian Ann D. Thornton is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Holmes as Director of Preservation at Columbia University Libraries.

Holmes, who assumed the role of Director on February 1, will provide leadership for Columbia’s Preservation division, including conservation, digital imaging, audio and moving image digitization, emergency and disaster preparedness, collections monitoring, binding and shelf processing, reformatting and reprocessing, and customer orders.  

Emily has served as Interim Director of Preservation since early 2019 and has been Assistant Director of Preservation Reformatting and Metadata since 2003.  Prior to joining Columbia, Emily served as the Assistant Preservation Librarian at New York University and Preservation Librarian at Boston University School of Theology and earned an MLS from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Sciences.  Emily also received an Advanced Certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona in 2011. Emily serves in many professional activities nationwide in support of preservation, represents Columbia for the New York State Preservation Program, and has taught several courses on preservation at multiple library schools.

“We are thrilled to appoint Emily Holmes as Director of Preservation,” said Rob Cartolano, Associate Vice President, Technology, and Preservation.  “Her experience and knowledge will be instrumental in ensuring long-term, sustainable access to Columbia’s incredible and diverse collections to support teaching, learning, and research.”Emily Holmes

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.