The NDSA Leadership consists of the elected Coordinating Committee, and the chairs/co-chairs of the Interest and Working Groups, and a representative from the Host Organization. Together, the Coordinating Committee and the Interest and Working Group chairs work to articulate a long-term, strategic vision for NDSA. The Leadership group meets once a month online and in person once during the Digital Preservation Annual Conference.
Select activities of the Leadership group include:
- Approving new NDSA member applications.
- Creating and reviewing NDSA publications (e.g. The NDSA Agenda).
- Evaluating the effectiveness of the Interest and Working Groups and providing guidance and assistance to the Group chairs as appropriate. This can include recommending the creation, consolidation, or disbanding of Interest or Working Groups and working to eliminate unnecessary duplication of effort.
- Coordinating with DLF on administrative management of the NDSA.
- Working with international partners to extend digital preservation advocacy and awareness
- Work with parent organization to plan the DigiPres conference
- Creating and reviewing the annual roadmap for the NDSA
For items that need to be voted on, the Interest and Working group chairs are considered to be ex officio members; they do not vote and their presence is not counted as part of a quorum. Only the elected CC members may vote.
Members may also pursue becoming a member of the Coordinating Committee (CC). Members of the Coordinating Committee serve a three-year elected position that works with the chairs of the Interest and Working groups on the strategic goals of the NDSA. Details about the purpose, charge, and expectations of the committee are recorded in the Coordinating Committee Information document. The primary responsibilities and expectations of individual CC members include:
- Approving and/or participating in Interest Groups and Working Groups as needed or required.
- Actively promoting and representing the work of the NDSA in their own professional communities.
- Actively engaging in the ongoing work of the CC, with an expected 75% attendance record for monthly CC meetings.
- Communicating clearly, respectfully, and in a timely fashion to support active participation by all members of the project team, especially when leading or participating in CC projects.
The NDSA Leadership Group is comprised of the Coordinating Committee, the Interest Group and Working Group co-chairs, and the Host Organization representatives, which in collaboration provide strategic leadership for the organization. Committee members serve staggered terms of three years.
NDSA derives its administrative and financial support through a “Host Organization”. The Host Organization:
- Provides a membership mechanism, coordination, and support for the NDSA organization.
- Provides outreach and communication frameworks to NDSA leadership, which may be used to inform the broader digital preservation community about NDSA activities, events, and products.
- Represents the NDSA organization with a distinct and branded web presence.
- Supports the work of the NDSA Coordinating Committee and provides one voting member of the leadership in conjunction with elected members of the CC.
- Supports and coordinates the execution of an annual NDSA conference.
- Commits to a 3-year (renewable) term as NDSA host organization.
Coordinating Committee Members
Daniel Noonan, 2021 Chair
Dan (1st Term, 2020-2022) is an Associate Professor and the Digital Preservation Librarian for The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL). Reporting to the Associate Director for Distinctive Collections and Digital Programs, Dan plays a key role in developing a trusted digital preservation ethos and infrastructure at OSUL. This position contributes strategy and expertise, and provides leadership through close collaboration with faculty, staff, and other leaders in OSUL’s Digital Programs, Preservation and Digitization, Distinctive Collections, Content and Access, Archival Description and Access, and Publishing and Repository Services groups. Previously, he was OSUL’s Electronic Records/Digital Resources Archivist and Electronic Records Manager/Archivist. Simultaneously, Dan was an adjunct faculty member for Kent State University, teaching an archives foundations course. Prior to joining OSUL, he was the Supervisor for Electronic Records Management for the State of New Jersey, and the Digital Documents Librarian for the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dan has an extensive service record including co-chairing NDSA's Levels of Preservation Revision Work Group, teaching for the Society of American Archivists' Digital Archives Specialist program, and serving both as a faculty member (2012-2015 teaching digital strategies) and on the Steering Committee (2012-2018) of the Archives Leadership Institute.
Stephen Abrams (1st term, 2019-21; Innovation Award Working Group co-chair) is head of digital preservation at the Harvard Library, with responsibility for policy, strategy, and innovation regarding long-term stewardship of Harvard’s rich digital collections. He was project leader and editor for the ISO 19005 PDF/A standard, project manager for the JHOVE and JHOVE2 format characterization systems, and principal investigator for the California state government web archive, Cobweb collaborative collection development, and Make Data Count data metric projects. His research interests are in cost and business models for sustainable digital library services, new modes of post-custodial curation, and metrics for evaluating digital preservation efficacy. Mr. Abrams was previously associate director of the UC Curation Center at the California Digital Library. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Boston University, an ALM in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and is pursuing a PhD in Information Science from Queensland University of Technology.
Elizabeth England (1st term, 2021-2023) is a Digital Preservation Specialist at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, where she participates in strategic and operational initiatives and services for the preservation of born-digital and digitized records of the federal government. In addition, she teaches an introduction to digital preservation continuing education course for the University of Wisconsin iSchool. Prior to joining NARA, Elizabeth was the Digital Archivist and a National Digital Stewardship Resident (NDSR) at Johns Hopkins University. Elizabeth currently serves on the NDSA Communications and Publications Working Group and has previously served on the Ivy Plus Libraries Consortium Web Collecting Advisory Group and NDSR Advisory Group.
Salwa Ismail (1st term, 2019-21) is the Head of Library Technologies at Georgetown University Library. Prior to joining Georgetown University, she was the Head of the Digital Library at FAU. Her portfolio includes library servers, systems, and applications; computing infrastructure; web services; digital initiatives and services; digital preservation; digital scholarship; and ILS & discovery services. In 2014, she was listed by E-campus News as “11 leaders shaping the future of higher education”. In 2015, she was named a Library Mover and Shaker by Library Journal for being a digital driver. She is currently the Chair of the DSpace Leadership Group and in 2016-2017 was a mentor to a National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program resident, where her project led to Georgetown University Library being selected as an NDSR host institution. She is very passionate about how libraries, through innovation of library technology and digital services, can play a role as agents of research and scholarship in institutions of higher education. She earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering and MBA from Florida Atlantic University and her MSLIS degree from Florida State University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Computational Social Science program at George Mason University.
Courtney C. Mumma (1st term, 2020-2022), is a an archivist and a librarian. She is the Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library consortium, a collective of university libraries working towards open, sustainable, and secure digital heritage and scholarly communications. She has over a decade of experience in open source software development and maintenance, infrastructure support and digital preservation good practice and education.
Jessica C. Neal (1st term, 2021-2023; 2021 DigiPres Vice Chair) is an archivist, records manager, and memory worker. She is currently the Sterling A. Brown Archivist at Williams College and Records Management Program Assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jes’ work centers archives, preservation, data management, and developing ethical frameworks to better steward digital collections and projects that specifically focus on Black led and created social movements, oral histories, and literary history and culture. Jes received her B.A. in African World Studies from Dillard University and her M.L.I.S in Archival Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Linda Tadic (2nd term, 2021-2023) is founder and CEO of Digital Bedrock, a managed digital preservation service provider that serves any type of organization, and even individuals. She has 30 years’ experience in leading preservation, metadata, and digital production operations at organizations such as ARTstor, HBO, the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, and the Getty Research Institute. Currently an adjunct professor in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies teaching Digital Asset Management, she was previously an adjunct professor in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program (courses in collection management and cataloging and metadata). She consults and lectures on digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, metadata, and copyright, with clients as diverse as WNET/Thirteen, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, SBS (Australia), Dunhuang Research Academy (China), ESPN, and the Missouri History Museum. She is a founding member and former President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).
Nathan Tallman, 2021 Vice Chair
Nathan Tallman (1st Term, 2020-2022) 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 also advises on equipment, infrastructure, and vendors for Penn State digital content. Nathan serves on the APTrust Governing Board and MetaArchive Cooperative Steering Committee. 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.
Interest and Working Group Chairs
Brenda Burk (Content Interest Group Co-Chair) joined Clemson University Libraries in 2014 as the Head of Special Collections. As part of the Clemson University Libraries, the Special Collections and Archives houses the University Archives, Records Management, Manuscript Collections, and Rare Books. Previously she was the Philanthropic Studies Archivist at IUPUI University Library and Public Records Archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society. In her current position, she continues to build a premier research collection that supports the university and creates an environment encouraging scholarly inquiry, creative thinking, and lifelong learning. Her research interests include information seeking behaviors of users, course-integrated instruction, public awareness and perceptions of archives. Brenda graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in History and a MA in Library and Information Studies with an emphasis in archival administration.
Bradley Daigle (Levels of Digital Preservation co-chair) 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.
Felicity Dykas (Standards and Practices Interest Group Co-Chair) is Head of Digital Services at the University of Missouri (MU). In this role she oversees the work of MOspace, the University of Missouri institutional repository, the MU Digital Library, and digitization work. Prior roles include Cataloger and Head of the Catalog Department. Her current work interests include providing online access to information resources (now and into the future) by focusing on the development and use of international, national, and local standards for digital objects and metadata that enhances discoverability. Collaborating with others on digital projects also is a priority. As a mantra, Felicity frequently quotes the IFLA Library Reference Model user tasks: Our goal is to help our users Find, Identify, Select, Obtain, and Explore information resources. Felicity is active in ALA, with current membership on the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Continuing Education Committee.
Carol Kussmann (Communications and Publications Working Group Chair) 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.
Eric Lopatin (Infrastructure Interest Group Co-Chair) is Product Manager for the California Digital Library's digital preservation initiatives, including the Merritt repository that preserves library special collection content from libraries across all ten University of California campuses, as well as eScholarship publications, ETDs, and datasets submitted to Dryad from organizations worldwide. In this role, he leads the product development of Merritt and its integration with CDL systems, while also directly supporting campus-specific preservation efforts. Through ongoing UC-systemwide initiatives, he helps promote the adoption of digital preservation best practices and associated technologies. Prior to joining CDL, Eric worked at the Public Library of Science where he was product owner for a development team focused on bolstering editorial process efficiency across journal operations. His recent work in Open Access publishing, as well as a string of years spent at Adobe Systems enabling cross-application workflows and shared technology, have all contributed to his interests in the realms of preservation, publishing and software development.
Krista Oldham (Innovations Award Working Group Co-Chair) is the University Archivist at Clemson University, where her responsibilities include overseeing the acquisition, description, and preservation of University records, as well as supporting and promoting their use. Additionally, Krista is responsible for assisting in developing and managing a comprehensive, institution-wide records management program. She earned a M.I.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned both a M.A. in History and a B.A. in History from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to starting her position at Clemson, Krista worked at Haverford College as the College Archivist/Records Manager for Quaker and Special Collections and at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Special Collections as the Senior Archivist and the Senior Archives Manager. In addition to her archival work, Krista served as Co-Director of the Arkansas Delta Oral History Project, an initiative led by the endowed Brown Chair in English Literacy. She is a co-author of The Arkansas Delta Oral History Project: Culture, Place, and Authenticity, which was published in 2016 by Syracuse University Press.
Tricia Patterson (2021 DigiPres Chair) is a Digital Preservation Analyst at Harvard Library, where she champions communication with the future by ensuring long-term stewardship and usability of Harvard’s digital historical assets. Centrally positioned, she supports programmatic activities for the digital repository, web and email archiving, digital forensics, and other related enterprises across the Library. Prior to joining Harvard University, she was a National Digital Stewardship Resident (NDSR) at MIT Libraries, where she researched and documented digital preservation workflows. Tricia has served as a coordinator for the SAA Research Forum, an inaugural NDSR Advisory Group member, and she co-developed and instructs an SAA DAS course on email archiving.
Leah Prescott (Infrastructure Interest Group Co-Chair) is the Associate Director for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Georgetown University Law Library, where she is responsible for the digital curation lifecycle, from the development of a production digitization program for all types of library media, to providing access to digital materials in multiple repositories, to the implementation of a preservation strategy that is in-line with best practices. She is also responsible for Conservation staff at the library, and for the Special Collections Department with collections that include manuscripts, archives, rare books and the specialized National Equal Justice Library. Previously Leah was the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she participated in research and development of digital solutions, including digital repositories for access and preservation, mass digitization projects, and initiatives to create new avenues for scholarly collaboration in art history. She has a B.A. degree in History from the University of Connecticut, an M.L.S. degree from Syracuse University, and has been certified as an archivist since 2005.
Linda Reynolds (Standards and Practices Interest Group Co-Chair) is the Director of the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of archival work from paper processing to digital preservation. Since there is no digital archivist at SFA, she has taken on that responsibility. She is a one woman digital show and has thrown herself into the deep end of the digital pool to bring SFA’s chaotic digital assets into a manageable system. She advises and works with many cultural heritage institutions and community members in the east Texas area on processing, preservation, and providing access of digital and non-digital material.
Deb Verhoff (Content Interest Group Co-Chair) is the digital collections manager for NYU Libraries with responsibility for planning repository services. In her role within the digital library technology services team, she guides digital preservation activities for born digital and digitized content. Prior to joining NYU, Deb worked as an arts librarian and led a digital library project for Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
Dr. Trevor Owens (Coordinating Committee, DLF representative) is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries. Owens serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management for Library Services at the Library of Congress. In addition, he teaches graduate seminars in digital history for American University’s History Department and graduate seminars and digital preservation for the University of Maryland’s College of Information, where he is also a Research Affiliate with the Digital Curation Innovation Center. Owens is the author of three books, including The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation and Designing Online Communities: How Designers, Developers, Community Managers, and Software Structure Discourse and Knowledge Production on the Web. His research and writing has been featured in: Curator: The Museum Journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Journal of Digital Humanities, D-Lib, Simulation & Gaming, Science Communication, New Directions in Folklore, and American Libraries. He serves as a DLF advisory committee member.
Aliya Reich (CLIR/DLF representative) is CLIR/DLF’s Program Manager for Conferences and Events, where she leads the planning team that puts on the DLF Forum and its affiliated events, including support for NDSA’s Digital Preservation conference. She also works closely with IIIF, another CLIR affiliate, and their event management team. Aliya’s academic background is in art history and museums, and she’s held positions at Historic Annapolis, the Phillips Collection, the National Building Museum, the Walters Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. In her spare time she coaches running with Charm City Run, leads Pacing for Parkinson’s, a charity running team at the Baltimore Running Festival, and is a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y of Central Maryland. She earned her MA in Art History at Washington University in St. Louis and her BA in Art History and French from the University of Virginia.