Columbia University

Columbia University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Digital Scholarship, Columbia University Libraries

Jeremiah Mercurio, Interim Director, Digital Scholarship; Head, Humanities & History

Program Overview

Columbia University Libraries support the creation, discovery, and dissemination of quality open access research in the form of journals, podcasts, working papers, and dynamic digital scholarship projects. We seek collaborations with Columbia-affiliated faculty and students who want to ask new questions, play at the borders of currently canonized fields, open new pathways of inquiry, explore innovative methods, and bring new and traditionally underrepresented voices into conversation.
  • Publishing activities began: 2007
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English; Arabic; Tibetan; Chinese; Spanish; Portuguese

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 5
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 35
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 10
  • Campus-based student-created: 25
  • Currently inactive or archived: 21


Top Publications:
  • Women Film Pioneers Project (encyclopedia)
  • Digital Dante (multimedia digital humanities project)
  • Voices in Bioethics (journal)
  • Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development (journal)
  • Shoe Leather (podcast)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Law
  • Humanities
  • Education
  • Medicine


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate students; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    Columbia University Press. The Libraries only recently acquired management responsibility for the press.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    Columbia University Press. The Libraries only recently acquired management responsibility for the press.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Only work with internal partners
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Fedora
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • budget preparation
  • business model development
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • contract/license preparation
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • open URL support
  • outreach
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3
  • Archive-It
  • In-house

Additional Information

Future Plans:
The library will sustain its current publishing program while we seek to fill staff vacancies. As and when possible, the library will resume its efforts to build an ethical and diverse publishing program, expanding its list of journal and podcast partnerships and engaging with new disciplines within our community. The digital scholarship team is also committed to providing educational resources on topics like ethics in publishing, copyright, and authors rights as well as opportunities to develop editorial, technology, and project-management skills for student and faculty partners who contribute to our scholarly publications.