"Digital Preservation and Distribution of
East Asian Time-Based-Media/Audiovisual Archival Materials
at Columbia University"
With the Mellon Foundation grant support, Columbia University Libraries prepared and carries on a major digital project (2019-2022) to digitally preserve and distribute 21,000 unique time-based-media/AV special and archival materials held by the Avery Art & Architectural Library, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The project involves the preservation standards, digital access structure, rights management, open source software usage, data storage, and so on.
Jim Cheng has been the director of C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University since 2010, and served in East Asia Library and Law library at University of Washington, the University of Iowa Libraries, and International Relations & Pacific Studies Library and East Asia Collection at the University of California, San Diego. Cheng served as the President of CEAL (Council on East Asian Libraries) 2016-2018. Due to his distinctive and innovative contribution in library collections of East Asian films, holding Film Festivals and symposiums on East Asian films, Library Journal named Cheng as one of the 2008 Movers and Shakers. In 2009, he won the Fulbright Scholar Senior Research Award for his book project in Taiwan Film Studies. His professional activities and academic works involve in library information, digital projects, library special collection development, and film studies.