The public conference, “Human Rights Archives and Documentation: Meeting the Needs of Research, Teaching, Advocacy and Social Justice” was hosted by the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research at Columbia University Libraries, with the co-sponsorship of the Center for Research Libraries Global Resources Network, the University of Texas Libraries, and the Center for the Study of Human Rights, this past October.
“The conference brought together a wide spectrum of stakeholders in the sphere of human rights documentation – inside and outside of academia. The content was of such broad interest that it was oversubscribed, with about 240 attendees and many more turned away for lack of space. We are extremely happy to be able to bring the entire proceedings to the public online, and to continue the important conversations this conference launched,” said CHRDR Director, David Magier.
The conference covered current approaches to human rights documentation, grassroots activities and new forms of documentation, legal uses of human rights documentation, and academic approaches to the use of human documentation in teaching and research.
Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.
The Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research (CHRDR) supports the community of teachers, researchers, and law and social justice advocates working in the multidisciplinary sphere of Human Rights. The Center develops global collections -- primary and secondary resources, as well as archival collections and internal records from human rights organizations -- and enhances the visibility and accessibility of these collections through high-profile programs, collaborative projects and library services.
CHRDR is the official designated repository for the archives of major Human Rights organizations such as Amnesty International USA, Committee of Concerned Scientists, and Human Rights Watch. (Discussions are also underway with other organizations including Human Rights First, Physicians for Human Rights, and the International Center for Transitional Justice.) The CHRDR´s website at www.columbia.edu/library/humanrights is the gateway to all of its activities and content.