October 18, 2000 Mark Roosa Named Director for Preservation at Library of Congress

Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

Mark S. Roosa, formerly the Chief of the Library of Congress's Conservation Division, has been appointed to the position of Director for Preservation. He succeeds Diane Nester Kresh, who was appointed Director for Public Service Collections in April 1998.

"This is a pivotal time in the Library's history. Mr. Roosa's knowledge of and experience with a wide range of preservation challenges, for material of all formats, coupled with his management and administrative background here at the Library and elsewhere make him uniquely positioned to take the lead in addressing our many preservation issues, including preservation of our growing digital collections," said Associate Librarian for Library Services Winston Tabb.

Prior to his appointment to this position, Mr. Roosa served as the Chief of the Library's Conservation Division, where he directed a comprehensive program to conserve the Library's collections by managing staff, interns, consultants and volunteers engaged in paper and book conservation, exhibition preparation, photographic conservation, preparation for digital imaging, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and user education.

Before joining the Library of Congress in 1998, Mr. Roosa was the Preservation Officer for the Huntington Library, where he directed its preservation program, including a digital imaging project that led to the establishment of a digital imaging lab. He also served as the Preservation Officer for the University of Delaware, where he administered the U.S. Newspaper Project for the state of Delaware and wrote the university's strategic plan for preservation.

Shortly after earning postgraduate certification in preservation from Columbia University in 1987, Mr. Roosa participated in the Andrew W. Mellon Preservation Intern Program and rotated through several divisions in the Library's Preservation Office during his internship. Mr. Roosa's experience also includes a number of paid consultancies on preservation issues, including developing a preservation and access program for a collection of diverse media for the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum and creating a summary plan for preserving research access to the new media collections of the Getty Center for Research in the Humanities.

Mr. Roosa is active in local, national and international professional associations and has published and presented widely in the field of preservation. He has served as the Chair of the American Library Association's Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALA/ALCTS/PARS). Concurrently, he chaired the Los Angeles Preservation Network Steering Committee. He also served for many years as a grant reviewer and on occasion as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access. His writings include the 1998 volume Audio Preservation: A Selective Annotated Bibliography and Brief Summary of Current Practices, published by the American Library Association, which outlines known standards, best practices, and guidelines for the preservation of audio and video materials.

Mr. Roosa assumed his new responsibilities on September 25.


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