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:
- 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).
- 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.
- Long-Term Digital Preservation. Working collaboratively with the Libraries Information Technology Office, LDPD is charged with developing systems, software and procedures for ensuring the long-term availability of digital content for which Columbia Libraries has responsibility. LDPD also participates in planning and implementation of the Academic Preservation Trust preservation repository.
- Website Development. Providing technical, design, editorial, planning, training, and infrastructure support for the Libraries' web sites (LibraryWeb, StaffWeb (staff only), Behind the Scenes, Alumni/Friends Gateway), as well as Blog and Wiki (staff only) platforms.
Key technology support areas include:
- Repository infrastructure and technology tools (e.g., Fedora, Hydra)
- Metadata creation and management tools: (e.g., Fedora and locallly developed “Hyacinth” product)
- Digital content access tools and platforms (e.g., Blacklight, SOLR, Omeka, DPLA)
- Multimedia management and access (e.g., Wowza and Avalon)
- Support for metadata creation and curation (e.g., for MODS, PREMIS, METS)
- Preservation support (e.g., FRED forensic workstation, Archivematica)
- Web design and development (e.g., Adobe Experience Manager WCMS)
- Wordpress management