The Libraries Digital Program Division was created in September 2002 to help shape current and future digital library projects into a coherent, Libraries-based digital program. The new division creates a focal point for digital library planning and coordination as well as a higher level of support for the implementation of key technical infrastructure components needed for Columbia's evolving digital library.

The Division's key strategic task areas include:

  1. Collection-Based Digitization. Creating digital representations and research tools based on Columbia's print, audio, visual and other collections, when appropriate in collaboration with other institutions and collections (see Libraries Digital Collections); supporting the creation of online exhibitions from Columbia's collections (see Libraries Online Exhibitions).

  2. Born-Digital Content Management.  Ingest, management and preservation of, and provision of access to, born-digital archival content received within archival collections acquired by CUL/IS special collections. 

  3. Long-Term Digital Preservation. Working collaboratively with the Libraries Information Technology Office, DLST is charged with developing systems, software and procedures for ensuring the long-term availability of digital content for which Columbia Libraries has responsibility.  DLST also participates in planning and implementation of the Academic Preservation Trust preservation repository.

  4. Website Development. Providing technical, design, editorial, planning, training, and infrastructure support for the Libraries' web sites (LibraryWeb, StaffWeb (staff only), Behind the Scenes, as well as BlogsWikis (staff only), and externally hosted platforms.

Key technology support areas include:

  1. Repository infrastructure and technology tools (e.g., Fedora, Hydra)
  2. Metadata creation and management tools:  (e.g., Fedora and locallly developed “Hyacinth” product)
  3. Digital content access tools and platforms (e.g., Blacklight, SOLR, Omeka, DPLA)
  4. Multimedia management and access (e.g., Wowza and Avalon)
  5. Support for metadata creation and curation (e.g., for MODS, PREMIS, METS)
  6. Preservation support (e.g., FRED forensic workstation, Archivematica)
  7. Web design and development (e.g., Adobe Experience Manager WCMS)
  8. Wordpress management