2011 Digital Preservation Initiatives

Martin Halbert
Dean of Libraries
University of North Texas
Martha Anderson
Director of NDIIPP Program Management
Library of Congress 


Trevor Owens
Community Lead
Library of Congress
Priscilla Caplan
Assistant Director
for Digital Library Services
University of Florida 
Kris Carpenter
Director, Web Group
Internet Archive
Rachel Frick
Director, Digital Library Federation Program
Council on Library and Information Resource

Community Briefing on the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) Conference (Halbert)

The Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) conference was held in the capital of Estonia in May 2011 as a forum for national digital preservation programs to meet and exchange information with each other for the purpose of building strategic international collaborations to support the preservation of collective digital memory.  While there have been other events that support and encourage information exchange across national boundaries, no effort has previously attempted to accomplish the aims of this conference, namely to set a strategic direction for international collaboration across a wide range of topics related to digital preservation.  The ANADP Conference provided a participatory forum for information exchange and focused work, and led to a monograph encapsulating the recommendations from the conference that is now in process of being edited.
This briefing will present highlights of the conference and its outcomes.  Examples of the organizations which participated in the conference include: the US Library of Congress, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the UK, the Open Planets Foundation, the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science, the Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation, the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale, the Digital Curation Centre in the UK, the National Library of Estonia, the National Library of the Czech Republic, the National Library of Sweden, and the Coalition for Networked Information.



New Dynamics Create New Ideas: The First Year of Action by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (Anderson, et al)

The digital preservation landscape continues to be complex and challenging. Ninety-five National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) member organizations representing all segments of a potentially powerful global digital preservation community have convened to address long-term care for digital information. NDSA members are passionate about the idea that preservation of our digital heritage can only be achieved as a community spanning institutions, organizations, government, private industry and national boundaries.

Current innovative initiatives include a neighborhood watch for repository audits; a survey of the US Web domain; an inside view of digital content storage from repository managers; a Wikipedia of digital preservation standards; and new tools for outreach. This panel of five lightning talks will highlight the work of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance in 2011 accomplished through five working groups: content, infrastructure, standards, innovation and outreach. There will be discussion of collaborative digital preservation experiences and creative approaches to community stewardship. The NDSA is an initiative of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress and extends its digital preservation partnerships.


Handout (MS Word)

Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries: A Report on Recent ACRL Summits

Joyce L. Ogburn
ACRL President
Dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library
Association of College and Research Libraries
University of Utah

Mary Ellen K. Davis
ACRL Executive Director
Association of College and Research Libraries

Kara J. Malenfant
ACRL Scholarly Communications and Government Relations Specialist
Association of College and Research Libraries

Librarians are increasingly called upon to document and articulate the value of academic and research libraries and their contribution to institutional mission and goals. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) responds to these demands and positions academic librarians as contributors to campus efforts in several ways. This session will include discussion about recent developments with ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, a multiyear project designed to aid academic librarians in demonstrating library value.  As one of its recommendations, the ACRL publication “The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report,” released in fall 2010, called on the association to create a professional development program to build the profession’s capacity to document, demonstrate, and communicate library value in advancing the mission and goals of their colleges and universities.

In late fall 2011, ACRL joined with three partners (the Association for Institutional Research, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges) to convene two national summits. In the first, a wide range of participants from the higher education sector discussed the data campus administrators would like libraries to provide and what collaborative assistance is available through institutional research offices. In the second, librarian participants addressed strategies to prepare the library community to document and communicate the library’s value.

These summits are the basis of the project “Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries,” made possible by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  This project briefing will report on the advice given by those attending the summits: college and university chief academic officers, senior institutional researchers, representatives from accreditation commissions and higher education organizations, and academic librarians from a broad spectrum of institutions.


Handout (PDF)


Building Data Management Services at Johns Hopkins University

G. Sayeed Choudhury
Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center
Johns Hopkins University

Barbara Pralle
Head, Entrepreneurial Library Program
Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Data Management services group was launched in July 2011 to provide data management planning support to JHU principal investigators preparing National Science Foundation proposals, and to make available data management and archiving services using systems developed by the Data Conservancy.  This presentation will describe the unique aspects of the Data Conservancy System as a data archive. The process that was used to establish the service model, including the financial model, will also be discussed, as well as well as factors that continue to shape service development.