Preservation Tools and Training in the Digital Age:
NEDCC in the 21st
Executive Director of the Northeast Document
May 8, 2008
About the Lecture:
The presentation began with a brief review of current challenges in the preservation field. The speaker then described the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s (NEDCC) new initiative to produce new training and tools to address these challenges. These include the development of a new methodology to survey the preservation needs of digital collections; a new online course entitled Preservation 101; and dPlan, the online disaster tool. Also on the horizon is CoStep, a guide to cooperative statewide disaster planning. In closing the speaker offered recommendations about needs for leadership and funding to advance preservation in the digital age.
About the Speaker:
Ann Russell has served as Executive Director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center since 1978. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and holds a PhD in English Literature from Brandeis University. She has served on the Boards of Directors of Heritage Preservation and the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as on preservation committees of the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. She currently serves as Chair of the Association of Regional Conservation Centers and as Treasurer of the Society of American Archivists. She has organized conservator exchanges and training programs in Russia, Mongolia, Cuba, South Africa, Latin America, and Central Europe. She has written two books and numerous articles on preservation.