Strategic and Content Expert/Chair NDSA Leadership
University of Virginia/APTrust
Principal 1MountainRoad, LLC and Chief Innovation Officer Mitchell College
Digital Library Federation
Across the library and archival profession, collaborative programs form a critical role in sharing information, developing new skills, and launchpads for new strategic efforts. This talk will focus on recent activity within the CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) program umbrella – namely the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the preservation-focused National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). Both organizations have undergone a significant review of mission, goals, and achievable outcomes in the past year. The Digital Library Federation has provided a collaborative platform for digital library practitioners since 1995. As it approaches its 25th anniversary, CLIR has embarked upon a thorough review of the program to ensure it remains relevant, vibrant, and welcoming into the next quarter-century and beyond. Consultant Joanne Kossuth, Principal at 1MountainRoad and a longtime dean of CLIR’s Leading Change Institute, is leading this review on behalf of CLIR. Incorporated into the review process are conversations with leaders of DLF’s working groups and other community members; an assessment of the annual Forum; an analysis of where and how CLIR can best provide support to individual practitioners and related organizations to help their work advance; and how, through this strong and trusted program, CLIR can continue to work with other committed individuals to support the creation, preservation of, and access to our global cultural heritage and knowledge as a public good. At this session, Kossuth will provide an overview of her findings to date. Community input and feedback will be welcomed and encouraged. The NDSA transitioned from the Library of Congress to DLF in 2016 but despite an entirely different organizational structure, there was little to no change in how the program was run. With a growing volunteer membership of over 250 organizations, it became clear that the NDSA needed to take a closer look at both the mechanics and function of its network. Beginning in January 2019, the NDSA leadership worked to revise, clarify, and extend its governance structure. A work in progress, this talk will share our experience as we look to global collaboration.