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Mission and Program of the DHC
Mission and Program of the DHC
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Mission and Program of the DHC
The Digital Humanities Center in Butler, a part of the Humanities and History
Division, is one of three divisional or subject-oriented “info commons” at Columbia
The DHC brings together and extend the Electronic Text Service and the
digital video editing services of the Butler Media Center to serve Columbia
students, faculty, and staff working in the humanities and history. Users can
come, individually or in groups, to identify, learn, and use the latest digital
resources and technologies, often in combination with resources they create
themselves or with resources and technologies acquired from other sites.
The services, tools, and collections of the ETS and BMC are key elements of
this new unit.
The DHC aims to provide at least basic support for all digital formats of
relevance to a given user (and in the case of the video collection, analog
formats as well), full support for those materials collected by H&H, and
referrals to other library or campus departments for training on or more
expert assistance with specific tools. It will also strives for compatibility with
the basic CUIT lab facilities in Butler, so that the two may increasingly function
together as a broader Butler Information Commons.
The DHC serves as a space in which H&H librarians can provide their digitally-
based reference, consultative, and instructional services in conjunction with
print collections. The DHC aims to integrate its work closely with that of the
general public service efforts of the Humanities and History Division. It
increasingly functions as an integrated H&H reference, research, and
technology center.
It is also a site for formalized close collaboration and interaction among the
players on the University’s information team—especially the Libraries' Digital
Program, the Library Systems Office, CCNMTL, CUIT, EPIC, and DKV—as well
as other departmental computing units on campus. The DHC will act as a point
of first contact with the Columbia information system, drawing upon the
respective expertise of each of those groups or providing referrals to them,
and providing a venue for the demonstration, implementation, and evaluation
of their digital products as well as a space in which staff of those groups can
also work as needed. Two of these groups in particular, CCNMTL and CUIT,
will be important new partners in crafting the program and supporting the
operations of the DHC.
Overall, the DHC serves as a point of interchange among:
students, faculty, and library services
allied components of Columbia University’s information services
all three of the divisional library centers
formats of material
traditional library services and experimental initiatives
library digital collections and individually owned and/or created assets
basic and specialized digital services
face-to-face interaction and web services
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