Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services


Sandy Payette
Interim Associate University Librarian
Cornell University Library
201 Olin Library
Ithaca, NY, 14853
tel. 607-254-5160

The Cornell University Library's Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services program facilitates collaborations within the Cornell University community in the creation and management of digital scholarly content and tools to support learning, teaching, and research.

The program also enables sharing of content through online repositories such as e-publishing systems or institutional and subject repositories. Program staff work closely with the Library's IT group in developing technical solutions and collaborate with the Library's departmental liaisons and subject specialists in identifying needs and delivering services. Staff collaborate with Cornell Information Technologies' academic technology services in facilitating the integration of technologies to support learning and teaching.

For more information, visit the DSPS blog.


In collaboration with several other library units, the program offers the following services:

  • Conservation Services - operations that are responsible for the conservation treatment and restoration of rare and unique library and archive materials.
  • Digital Consulting and Production Services to provide a unified service point for digitization, metadata, copyright & intellectual property rights, e-publishing, delivery platforms & repositories.  For instance, developing and supporting the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, coordinating CUL's digitization partnership with Google, facilitating print-on-demand through Amazon, coordinating a common portal for copyright information for the Cornell community (
  • Scholarly communication & copyright services - requirements analysis, business planning, policy development, assessment, user support for eCommons and Project Euclid. Copyright information and consultation.
  • Preservation & archiving policies, workflows, business models.  For instance, coordinating our partnership with HathiTrust and collaborating with CUL IT on developing an archival repository for preserving the library's digital assets (in development)
  • Web design - interface & graphic design, user experience design, usability, accessibility, CUL templates/branding
  • Liaison to CIT & Center for Teaching Excellence for academic technology (such as course websites, course content archiving, digital literacies, etc.) strategy development, and service coordination & delivery


Interim Associate University Librarian
Sandy Payette

Digitization & Conservation
Tre Berney, Director

Copyright Services
Amy Dygert, Director

Digital Curation
Michelle Paolillo, Lead

Scholarly Communication Services
Gail Steinhart, Scholarly Communication Librarian

User Experience & Administrative Services
Mary Beth Lyons, Director