The Libraries' digital information collection development objective is to select those materials which will support the current curricular and research needs of the Columbia community.
Members of the Columbia Community access digital information using personal computers in their offices, dorms, homes, and by public terminals located in libraries and other public buildings on campus. The sophistication and knowledge of the Libraries’ digital information users varies significantly. The Libraries have many patrons whose only contact with computers has been word processing. Others routinely locate and exchange information with colleagues the world over using the Internet. The digital library research skills of most of Columbia’s undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral researchers lie somewhere along the continuum between these two extremes. The breadth and depth of information sources needed by them also differ. Consequently, the Libraries provide access to a wide variety of materials using an equally wide variety of access mediums to meet patrons' needs.