The NDSA Coordinating Committee provides strategic leadership to the NDSA. Committee members and the committe chair are elected on a yearly basis.
Micah Altman, Chair
Dr. Micah Altman 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.
Jonathan Crabtree is Assistant Director of Computing and Archival Research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill. The institute’s social science data archive is one of the oldest and most extensive in the country. As assistant director, Jonathan completely revamped the institute’s technology infrastructure and has positioned the institute to assume a leading national role in information archiving. His current efforts include working with the University of Michigan, the Harvard-MIT Data Center and preservation partners across the country to create a national preservation strategy for social science data and developing policy based auditing systems for preservation systems.
He joined the institute nineteen years ago and is responsible for designing and maintaining the technology infrastructure that supports the institute’s wide array of services. Before moving to the social science side of campus he was an information systems technologist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His grounding in medical information technology adds to his education and training in electrical engineering, library and information science, digital preservation, computer science, economics, geographic information systems, hydrology and geomorphology.
Jim Corridan was appointed State Archivist and Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records in 2005. Concurrently, from 2006 through 2012, he served as Deputy Director of the Indiana State Library for Outreach and Statewide Services. In these capacities he established Indiana’s electronic records program with the archives, Indiana Memory at the State Library, serves as the sponsor of Indiana’s National Digital Newspaper Project and has coordinated statewide efforts to provide workshops on digital preservation and electronic records.
In 2009 Jim was elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA). He helped establish and chaired CoSA’s State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) in 2011 and currently serves as President of CoSA. SERI is focused on governance, best practices, awareness and education to strengthen all the state and territorial archives in the United States.
Working with the staff from the Library of Congress, Jim and the Indiana State Archives hosted the first regional Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) project, the Midwest train-the-trainer program in partnership with the Library of Congress in August of 2012 and has been an advocate for digital preservation. He was also a founder and serves as a board member of the International Governance Committee of Evergreen, the open source integrated library system.
Blance Dessy is Director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC). Spanning over three decades, Dessy's career has included appointments as a public library director, state library consultant, state librarian, Federal program officer for library grants, Director of the ERIC program, founding director of the National Library of Education, and library director at the Department of Justice. He has been involved in several professional associations including ALA, SLA, AALL, IFLA, GreyNet, the American Society for Public Administration, and the American Political Science Association. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at the Catholic University of American School of Library Science. Mr. Dessy has lectured on librarianship in Turkey and Brazil and has represented the United States at education conferences in Italy and the Netherlands.
Dessy received a Master of Library Science degree with an emphasis in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976. Following that, he attended an advanced library management training program at the Miami University (Ohio) School of Business Administration.
Meg Phillips has been the NARA Electronic Records Lifecycle Coordinator since March 2010, assisting senior management with Electronic Records Archives (ERA) planning and the coordination of many electronic records units and projects. In addition, Phillips is responsible for gathering and helping NARA prioritize the business requirements for the development and evolution of ERA. She provides staff support to ERA's external advisory committee (ACERA).
Throughout her career Phillips has sought opportunities to get more and more involved in electronic records and digital preservation, and working with ERA at the National Archives has been fascinating and challenging. She was previously the electronic records project manager and ERA coordinator for NARA’s Office of Regional Records Services. She began her NARA career in 2002 on the records management staff of the Mid-Atlantic Region, where she advised Federal agencies on electronic records issues and appraised records. Before joining NARA Phillips managed the archives and records management program of a large non-profit. Phillips has a BA in history from Haverford College, an MA in history from the University of Chicago, and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
BMS/Chace President and co-founder John Spencer has widespread experience and visibility both in the music industry and in the fields of archival preservation and enterprise class information technology. Since 1978, he has been involved in many facets of high-technology professional audio and video, and was previously Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Otari Corp. Spencer is CEO and ambassador at large for BMS/Chace, preaching the gospel of structured metadata collection to media companies and institutions worldwide. His efforts led to a 3-year partnership with the Library of Congress, strategically focused on metadata best practices for the commercial recording industry. Spencer received a B.A. in Mass Communications with Honors from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a member of the following professioanl associations: The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing National Advisory Council and Nashville chapter Advisory Council; Audio Engineering Society (AES) Studio Practices and Production Technical Committee and the Technical Committee on Archiving, Restoration and Digital Libraries; Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Digital Issues Committee; Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Technical Committee; National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) Digital Audio Preservation and Standards Task Force
Dr. Tibbo 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.
Tyler Walters is the Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech. Previously Walters was the Associate Dean of the Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a 2008-2010 Fellow in the Association of Research Libraries’ Research Libraries Leadership Fellows program. Walters is a founding Board member of the Educopia Institute and Steering Committee member of the MetaArchive Cooperative. He serves on many professional bodies such as the Steering Committee for the International Conference on Open Repositories, the Interim Governing Board for the Unified Digital Formats Registry, the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Digital Curation, and the Advisory Board for the Digital Information Management program, University of Arizona. He teaches graduate LIS courses for Arizona and for San Jose State University. Walters has presented at numerous conferences, has published over twenty-five journal articles, and is a recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Ernst Posner Award for best article in the American Archivist. He is the co-author of the 2011 ARL report, “New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation”. Walters is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Managerial Leadership for the Information Professions, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Kate Wittenberg is Managing Director for Portico, a digital content preservation service that is part of ITHAKA. Before taking on this position in September 2011, Wittenberg was Project Director, Client and Partnership Development in the Strategy and Research group at Ithaka, where she focused on building partnerships among scholars, publishers, libraries, technology providers, and foundations with an interest in promoting the development and sustainability of digital scholarship and learning. Before joining Ithaka, she directed the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), a collaboration of the libraries, academic computing division, and university press, where she developed digital publications in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. At EPIC, Wittenberg's projects included Columbia International Affairs Online, Digital Anthropology Resources for Teaching, and the National Science Digital Library Core Integration program.
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