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. See our Digital Projects page for selected projects.
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 Digital Programs for more information.
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 Fellowship program, providing opportunities for current undergraduate students and recent graduates to learn digital scholarship methodologies and implement a project.
The Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship 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.
Past projects include:
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:
Frost Library, Rooms A13/A15 (near the computer lab on A Level)