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Digital Programs

Digital Collections

Amherst College Digital Collections
Art & architecture images and materials from Archives & Special Collections.

ARTstor
Over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.

Location

Frost Library, Rooms A13/A15 (near the computer lab on A Level)

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Staff

Kelcy Shepherd, Head of Digital Programs

Sarah Walden, Digital Projects Librarian

Jo-Anne Chapin, Digital Programs Specialist

The Digital Programs department produces, maintains, promotes, preserves, and provides access to digital content. We partner with faculty on the integration of digital collections, tools, and technologies into teaching and research through digital humanities/digital scholarship projects.

Digital Collections
  • Amherst College Digital Collections
    A collaboration with Information Technology to build a digital asset management system for Amherst College's growing digital collections. Currently contains:
    • digitized content from the Archives & Special Collections, including the Emily Dickinson Collection; papers of Edward and Orra White Hitchcock; a complete run of the Olio; and more
    • images from the Art & Architecture Collection
    • articles submitted to support the faculty's Open Access Resolution will soon be available
  • ARTstor is a database containing over one million images contributed by educational and cultural institutions around the world. See Getting Started to learn more about using ARTstor.

Digital Programs is responsible for the selection, creation, delivery, and preservation of the Library’s digital collections. We adhere to national and international community-based standards and best practices in all our work. Our purpose is to provide digital collections to as wide an audience as possible, in keeping with our Digital Collection Development Policy.

Digital Programs also supports faculty who use images in their teaching. We acquire or create digital images where possible, in response to specific requests. Please contact Kelcy Shepherd for more information.

Digital Scholarship/Digital Humanities

The Digital Programs department may provide digitization, text encoding, metadata, and project management consultation for digital scholarship projects that partner faculty, the Library, and Information Technology. We have also established a Digital Scholarship Summer Internship program, providing opportunities for current undergraduate students and recent graduates to learn digital scholarship methodologies and implement a project.

The Digital Scholarship Summer Internship for 2014 culminated in the development of digital projects based on items from Amherst College’s Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Collection of Native American Books. These digital projects are presented on DH Blueprints: Teaching Digital Humanities by Example, and serve as models for students and scholars at Amherst and beyond. The website also contains documentation on the technical and research processes behind the digital projects. It is intended to serve as a resource that introduces interested users who are unfamiliar with the Digital Humanities to significant debates, concepts, terms, tools, and methods in the field.

Additional projects include:

  • The Worlds and Works of the Nelson Brothers, a digital exhibition by Professor Sanchez-Eppler's Archives of Childhood course
  • Loewenstein Papers touch screen exhibit, working with Professor Epstein's 2013 American Occupation of Germany course (on display in the library)
  • Five College Medieval Manuscripts project
Digital Preservation

The Digital Programs department partners with Archives & Special Collections to ensure long-term, sustainable access to the digital content produced by the Library and the College. Current efforts to further digital preservation at Amherst include:

  • Testing two web archiving tools, the Internet Archive’s ArchiveIt and The California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service, to evaluate their suitability for our web archiving needs
  • Researching and drafting a born-digital materials accessioning policy and procedures
  • Participating in the Five College Digital Preservation Task Force Archivematica pilot, which is an effort to evaluate that software for collaborative use by the Five College libraries