TITLE: The National Digital Preservation Program: Challenges and Solutions
SPEAKER: Laura Campbell
EVENT DATE: 2003/03/21
RUNNING TIME: 47 minutes
The Library's associate librarian for Strategic Initiatives spoke about the national effort to forge an infrastructure to identify, acquire, manage and preserve important works in digital form through the National Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
Speaker Biography: On Oct. 2, 2000, Laura Campbell was appointed by Librarian of Congress James Billington as Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives, where she is responsible for the overall strategic planning for the Library, which includes development of a national strategy, in cooperation with other institutions, for the collection, access and preservation of digital materials. This program is formally called the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. She also has oversight of the Information Technology Services directorate at the Library. Campbell has retained her title as Director of the National Digital Library (NDL) Program at the Library. In this capacity she led a cooperative national effort to digitize and make available online important and interesting materials of America's history and culture from the Library and other repositories throughout the country. The flagship of the NDL Program is the award-winning American Memory Web site, which makes freely available more than 7 million historical primary source materials. She assumed responsibility for the American Memory Program in 1993 and began co-chairing the Digital Futures Group of the Library in late 1998. Campbell joined the Library in April 1992 as director of Library Distribution Services, a directorate that included programs for the Cataloging Distribution Service, the Federal Research Division, the Photoduplication Service and Retail Marketing. Before joining the Library, she was a private consultant and vice president of QueTel Corp., a business and systems-integration consulting firm, from 1989 to 1992. At QueTel, she directed consulting engagements in strategic planning and financial systems, including work for the Library of Congress. From 1984 to1989, she was a staff consultant, manager and principal with Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernest and Young), directing projects for industry and government. She served as a project manager for the strategic planning review of the Library of Congress in 1988-89. Campbell is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1973), the University of Maine (M.A. in management, 1979) and Georgetown University (M.S. in accounting, 1983).
SERIES: Luminary Lectures