Dell Donates Computers to Columbia University’s New Digital Social Science Center


(NEW YORK, January 27, 2009) Columbia University’s Lehman Library recently received a donation of 10 Dell Precision workstations with 30-inch monitors from Dell Computers for the new Digital Social Science Center (DSSC).

The workstations, valued at over $50,000, are part of 22 collaborative workspaces in the new center, which opened January 20th.

“DSSC in Lehman Library provides flexible workspaces, diverse software, and high-end equipment to support collaborative study and research in the Social Sciences,” said Jane Winland, director of the Social Sciences Libraries at Columbia University. “We are extremely grateful to Dell for their generous contribution to the Center.”

Among the specialized services, users can meet with subject specialist librarians; librarians and staff trained to assist users with numeric and spatial data resources; and staff who can assist with software and equipment used to access and manipulate information.

“The DSSC is the first space on campus that brings together people, equipment, and information resources in an environment where users can work collaboratively, individually, or in consultation, said Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian. “It is our goal at the Libraries to provide excellent service to students and faculty that will advance the educational and research experience of our users. The new Center advances this goal.”

Workstations with 30-inch monitors are located in spaces designed for collaborative study and research. Flatbed scanners and color printers are also available. Group study spaces have monitors designed for laptop plug-ins. Presentation practice rooms allow students to put together and practice individual or group presentations.

The DSSC is a joint project of the Libraries and Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) and is located adjacent to a CUIT lab which provides 44 workstations.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

Located in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Building, The Lehman Social Sciences Library holds a contemporary collection of more than 330,000 volumes and approximately 1,700 current periodical titles. It includes materials in political science, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, political geography, journalism, and environmental science, and houses EDS, Maps, and U.S. Government Documents.

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