The NDSA Leadership Group is comprised of the Coordinating Committee, the Interest Group co-chairs, and the Host Organization representatives, which in collaboration provide strategic leadership for the organization. Committee members and the committee chair serve staggered terms of three years.
Robin Ruggaber, Chair
Robin Ruggaber (2nd term, 2013-18) is the Chief Technical Officer for the University of Virginia Library. As a founding member of the Fedora, Blacklight, Hydra and Academic Preservation Trust communities, UVa has a long standing commitment to evolving digital stewardship technologies and practices. She serves in a strategic or technical advisory capacity in each of these communities and is responsible for the strategic, architectural and operational aspects of technology for the UVa Library. Ruggaber's career spans spans across industry, federal and state agencies with deepest expertise in directing the design and development of strategies and systems to solve complex problems and meet organization objectives. Ruggaber has worked with UVa for 20 years and before joining the Library in 2011, was the Assistant Director for Infrastructure Division for UVa's core IT organization. She is drawn to work in digital stewardship due to the complex challenges facing the community and the opportunity to protect availability and access to intellectual and cultural knowledge.
Dr. Micah Altman (2nd term, 2013-18) is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Altman is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Prior to arriving at MIT, Dr. Altman served at Harvard University for fifteen years as the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.
Dr. Altman conducts research in social science, information science and research methods -- focusing on the intersections of information, technology, privacy, and politics; and on the dissemination, preservation, reliability and governance of scientific knowledge.
Karen Cariani (1st term, 2017-20) is The David O. Ives Executive Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives (MLA) and WGBH Project Director for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). The MLA provides access to the WGBH archives by providing circulation, accessioning, and preservation activities, in addition to licensing services. Karen has 30 plus years of television production and project management experience. She has been project director for numerous project including: WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain, now PBS Learning Media; WGBH Open Vault, the Boston Local TV News Digital Library project and for development of a digital media preservation system utilizing the Hydra/Samvera technology in partnership with Indiana University. She served two terms (2001-2005) on the Board of Directors of Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). She was co-chair of the AMIA Local Television Task Force, and Project Director of the guidebook “Local Television: A Guide To Saving Our Heritage,” funded by the NHPRC and co-chair of the AMIA Copyright and AMIA Open Source Committees. She was co-chair of the LOC National Stewardship Digital Alliance for the Infrastructure working group, and served as president of Digital Commonwealth. Recent projects include WGBH Project Director for the American Archive for Public Broadcasting in partnership with the Library of Congress. She is active in the archive community and professional organizations and passionate about the use of media archives and digital library collections for learning and education, but has a particular affinity for science.
Bradley Daigle (1st term, 2016-19) is content and strategic expert for the Academic Preservation Trust and other external partnerships at the University of Virginia Library. He also works on copyright issues related to digital collections. Currently he is also Chair of the Virginia Heritage Governance Team. Having been in the library profession for over fifteen years, he has published and presented on a wide range of topics including mass digitization, digital curation and stewardship, sustaining digital scholarship, intellectual property issues, mentoring in libraries, and digital preservation. In addition to his professional field, his research interests also include the history of the book, natural history, and early modern British literature. He received his MA in literature from the University of Montreal and an MLS from Catholic University.
Carol Kussmann (1st term, 2016-19) is the Digital Preservation Analyst at the University of Minnesota Libraries. In this role, she works across many departments within the Libraries, as well as outside the Libraries including through the statewide Minnesota Digital Library Program. She addresses current and future requirements for the long-term preservation of electronic records in the areas of archives and special collections, information and data repositories, and journal publishing. As co-chair of the Libraries Electronic Records Task Force her efforts focus on developing and implementing workflows for ingesting, processing, and providing access to incoming electronic materials that are part of the Archives and Special Collections units. As an inaugural Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) trainer, she works with Minitex to provide digital preservation training in the region on a regular basis. After completing the initial implementation work for the Council of State Archivists’ (CoSA) Electronic Records Resource Center she remains a member of CoSA’s Tools and Resources Subcommittee. Other current activities include serving on the Steering Committee of the Electronic Records Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and teaching Digital Archives Specialist courses for SAA.
Mary Molinaro (1st term, 2016-19) serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Services Manager for the Digital Preservation Network (DPN). Mary previously was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky Libraries and served as director of the Research Data Center in her most recent positon there. Her work and research interests include digital preservation, personal digital archiving, and digital library development. She serves as an anchor instructor and is on the Steering Committee for the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program at the Library of Congress. Mary also has great interest in supporting library infrastructure and planning in developing nations. She has done extensive work with libraries in Ecuador and served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Tunisia.
Gabriela Redwine (1st term, 2016-19) is Digital Archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale, where she focuses on building infrastructure to support the capture, preservation, description, discovery, and access of born-digital archival materials. Before coming to Yale she was Archivist and Metadata/Electronic Records Specialist at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She has written and presented extensively on different aspects of born-digital materials, including most recently Collecting Digital Manuscripts and Archives (Society of American Archivists, 2016) and Personal Digital Archiving Digital Preservation Coalition, 2015.
Sibyl Schaefer (1st Term, 2017-20) manages the Chronopolis program and digital preservation initiatives for the University of California, San Diego. She previously served as the Head of Digital Programs for the Rockefeller Archive Center where she worked to fully integrate digital and traditional archival practices, including policy development, forensic and accessioning workflows, and training initiatives to support the long-term stewardship of digitized and born digital materials. Schaefer previously served as the Metadata Librarian for the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initiatives and as the User Services Liaison on the Archivists’ Toolkit project out of New York University. She has been recognized an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association and has participated in the Archival Leadership Institute. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Committee, and was previously elected to co-chair for the ALA Digital Preservation Interest Group.
Dr. Tibbo (2nd term, 2016-19) is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, appraisal, and archival reference and outreach. She is also a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and was SAA President 2010-2011. From 2006-2009, Dr. Tibbo was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services)-funded DigCCurr I project that developed an International Digital Curation Curriculum for master’s level students. She is also the PI for DigCCurr II (2008-2012) that extends the Digital Curation Curriculum to the doctoral level. In 2009, IMLS awarded Prof. Tibbo two additional projects, Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21st Century (ESOPI-21) and Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG). ESOPI-21 is a partnership with UNC’s School of Government to provide students with a Master’s of Science in Library/Information Science and a Master’s of Public Administration so that they can work in the public policy arena concerning digital preservation and curation issues and laws. CDCG is a collaboration with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Digital Curation Center (DCC), both of the United Kingdom, to explore educational and guidance needs of cultural heritage information professionals in the digital curation domain in the US and the UK. Dr. Tibbo is a co-PI with collaborators from the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto on a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-funded project to develop standardized metrics for assessing use and user services for primary sources in government settings. This project extends work that explored user-based evaluation in academic archival settings funded by the Mellon Foundation. Prof. Tibbo is also co-PI on the IMLS-Funded POlicy-Driven Repository Interoperability (PoDRI) project lead by Dr. Richard Marciano and conducted test audits of repositories in Europe and the US with the European Commission-funded ARPARSEN project during the summer of 2011.
Interest Group Chairs
Aaron Collie (Standards & Practices Interest Group co-chair) is the Head of Digital Scholarship and Curation programs at Michigan State University Libraries. He is the Product Owner for the MSU Libraries digital repository and leads a 10 person Scrum team that supports the Libraries free and open source (FOSS) software. He has over a decade of experience working in library and information centers and more than five years of experience leading digital curation operations in an academic research library. Before joining MSU, Aaron worked at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School for Librarian and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois. He received his M.S in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2010 and was a Graduate Fellow in the Data Curation Education Program. Aaron is an active participant in the NDSA, Code4lib, Citizen Science Association and Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners communities and currently serves as President of the Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage.
Corey Davis (Infrastructure Interest Group Co-Chair) is the Digital Preservation Network Coordinator for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), where he develops services, infrastructure, and organizational capacity to support long-term preservation. He has been active in academic libraries for 15 years, most recently as Systems Librarian at the University of Victoria, where he oversaw web archiving and digital preservation. He is active in several national preservation efforts in Canada, including as a founding member of the Portage Preservation Expert Group, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Digital Preservation Working Group, and the Canadian Web Archiving Coalition.
Matt Schultz (Content Interest Group Co-Chair) is the Metadata and Digital Curation Librarian for Grand Valley State University Libraries where he is helping to advance preservation and discovery strategies for the university’s unique, distinctive and special digital materials, and advising faculty on data management solutions for their sponsored research. Prior to his work at GVSU, Schultz was the Program Manager for the MetaArchive Cooperative, where he worked closely with members to collaboratively preserve their own unique digital assets. Schultz is co-editor of the first published volume on distributed digital preservation, The Guide to Distributed Digital Preservation (2010, Educopia Institute), and co-author in the 2012 SAA Award-winning Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation edited proceedings. He has managed and served as principal investigator on a number of major grant funded projects, including Chronicles in Preservation (NEH, 2011-2014), Lifecycle Management of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (IMLS, 2011-2014), and ETDPlus (2014-2015). Schultz’s current research is investigating the preservation of complex digital objects and the impact on cloud services for public archives. He holds a B.A. in History from GVSU (2007) and a Master of Science in Information (MSI) from the University of Michigan (2009).
Nathan Tallman (Infrastructure Interest Group Co-Chair) is Digital Preservation Librarian at Penn State University Libraries where he coordinates policies, workflows and best practices to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of PSU Libraries’ born-digital and digitized collections. He is Product Owner for PSU Libraries digital collections repository. He also advises on equipment, infrastructure, and vendors for Penn State digital content. Prior to his arrival at Penn State, Nathan was the Digital Content Strategist at the University of Cincinnati and Associate Archivist at the American Jewish Archives. He is also an active member of Academic Preservation Trust where he chairs the Bagging Best Practices Interest Group.
Lauren Work (Content Interest Group Co-Chair) is the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University of Virginia, where she is responsible for the preservation of university digital resources ranging from websites to legacy hard drives. She helps to create workflows and strategies for the sustainable ingest, preservation and access to born-digital content at Virginia via collaboration within communities such as the Academic Preservation Trust, Archivematica, and Fedora. Prior to her arrival at the University of Virginia, Lauren was the Digital Collections Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked at various cultural and academic organizations including NPR, Densho, and both Special Collections and the Media Center at the University of Washington. She was part of the inaugural cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency, where she was responsible for creating a digitization and preservation plan for legacy media at the Public Broadcasting Service. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.
Dr. Bethany Nowviskie (Coordinating Committee, ex officio) is Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. Previously, Nowviskie was the director of the Scholars' Lab and Department of Digital Research & Scholarship at the University of Virginia Library and Special Advisor to the UVa Provost, for the advancement of digital humanities research. Recent past roles have included that of Distinguished Presidential Fellow at CLIR, President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and chair of both the UVa General Faculty Council and the Modern Language Association's Committee on Information Technology. Recent projects have included Neatline, the Praxis Program and Praxis Network, Speaking in Code, #Alt-Academy, and the Scholarly Communication Institute. Nowviskie was named one of "Ten Tech Innovators" for 2013 by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her doctorate is in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.