The NDSA Leadership consists of the elected Coordinating Committee, 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.
- Working 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 comprises 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, 2019-2021) is also Co-Chair of the Excellence Awards Working Group in his 2nd term, 2021-2023. Mr. Abrams 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; Staffing Survey Working Group 2021 co-chair) 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, 2019-2021) is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and the Associate CIO for UC Berkeley Library. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley Library, Ms. Ismail was the Head of Library Technologies at Georgetown University Library for eight years and prior to that the Head of the Digital Library at Florida Atlantic University Libraries for five years. Her current portfolio includes Library-wide support and leadership for digital services including digital scholarship, data services, and programs, computing, innovative technology spaces, interface and web design, and infrastructure services following a user-centric, service-oriented philosophy. 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 has chaired and been elected to several international and national committees on digital infrastructure, design, and services in libraries. In 2017, she was responsible for bringing to her institution the coveted National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program residency. She is very passionate about how libraries, through the innovation of library technology and digital services, can play a role as agents of research and scholarship in institutions of higher education. Her research interests include applying computational social science methodologies and agent-based modeling to the study of leadership, educational learning, and pedagogy in complex adaptive systems. She earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering and an 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’s 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; 1st term, 2020-2022) 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.
Samantha Abrams (she/her/hers) (Web Archiving Co-Chair) is the Head of Collections at the Center for Research Libraries where she plays a key role in the development of collections, partnerships, and community engagement policy, strategy, and operations. As the Head of Collections, Samantha leads a team whose functional responsibilities span area studies, and digital and distinctive collections, with a focus on forming and managing forward-thinking partnerships that advance expanded forms of engagement with cultural heritage collections. She is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's iSchool. Before joining the Center for Research Libraries, Samantha worked for the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation as their Web Resources Collection Librarian, and at StoryCorps, as their Community Archivist. In addition to her role as co-chair of the Web Archiving Survey Working Group, Samantha serves on the Excellence Awards Working Group and the Membership Task Force. Samantha has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Zakiya Collier (she/they) (Web Archiving Co-Chair) is the Digital Archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where she uses web archiving tools to ethically expand the nature of archival collections to reflect 21st-century Black life and experiences. She is also the Project Archivist for the Weeksville Heritage Center and Semantic Lab at Pratt Linking Lost Jazz Shrines project, which seeks to apply linked open data principles to a jazz oral history collection. She is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) in 2020 and she holds an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, an MLIS from Long Island University, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina. Zakiya is an affiliate of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies (CR+DS) at New York University, an Interim Board Member of the Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI), and a guest editor of a forthcoming special issue of The Black Scholar on Black Archival Practice.
Bradley Daigle (Levels of Digital Preservation Co-Chair; 2nd term, 2020-2022) is Executive Director of Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) and has been active in the digital preservation field since 2005. Having been in the library profession for over twenty 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; 1st term, 2019-2021) 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; 1st term, 2020-2022 and Fixity Survey Working Group 2021 co-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 Management Group 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 teaching Digital Archives Specialist courses for the Society of American Archivists.
Eric Lopatin (Infrastructure Interest Group Co-Chair; 1st term, 2021-2023) 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 (Excellence Awards Working Group Co-Chair; 2nd term, 2021-2023) is the University Archivist at Texas A&M University, College Station, where her responsibilities include overseeing the acquisition, description, and preservation of University records, as well as supporting and promoting their use. Additionally, Krista provides oversight for the Texas A&M 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 Texas A&M, Krista worked at Clemson University as the University Archivist, 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; 1st term, 2020-2022) 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; 1st term, 2020-2022) 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 of, and providing access to digital and non-digital material.
Sibyl Schaefer (Fixity Survey Working Group 2021 co-chair) is the Chronopolis Program Manager and Digital Preservation Analyst for Research Data Curation at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to working with national digital preservation efforts like the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), she helps define long-term digital preservation solutions for the UCSD campus. 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. She has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association and has participated in the Archival Leadership Institute. Schaefer holds an MLIS with a specialization in Archival Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Deb Verhoff (Content Interest Group Co-Chair; 2nd term, 2019-2021) 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.
Lauren Work (Staffing Survey Working Group Co-Chair) is the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University of Virginia, where she is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of preservation strategy and systems for university digital resources. She also helps to lead digital stewardship collaboration within communities such as the Academic Preservation Trust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the Software Preservation Network, and the BitCurator Consortium. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.
Louisa Kwasigroch (CLIR representative) is the director of outreach and engagement for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Interim Senior Program Officer for the Digital Library Federation (DLF). Her mission at CLIR centers around working with members, funders, affiliates, and the overlapping library/information communities to find places to collaborate and further the field. Louisa’s experience spans organizational design, marketing, business development, nonprofit management, fundraising, and communications. She is a Kodak Portfolio award-winning photographer and part of the Beta Phi Mu International Library & Information Studies Honor Society. Her work in higher education and library and information science is dedicated to breaking down barriers via cross-industry collaboration. Louisa holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts in photography from Columbia College Chicago.