November 13, 2007 Martha Anderson Named Director of Program Management for Digital Preservation Program
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Martha Anderson was today named director of program management for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). Anderson, who joined the Library of Congress in 1996, has been acting in this position since April 2007. NDIIPP is the Library’s program to build a national network of partners dedicated to the collection and preservation of important digital materials that are at risk of loss if they are not now preserved. The program focuses on born-digital content; that is, materials that are created digitally and exist in no other form, such as electronic journals and Web sites. “Martha has been critical to the success of NDIIPP since the program was authorized by Congress in 2000,” said Laura E. Campbell, associate librarian for Strategic Initiatives, whose office is leading this program. “She was also a key player in the Library’s digital programs from their early days, including her outstanding work on American Memory, our flagship Web site.” “I look forward to many exciting opportunities ahead as I take on this new role,” said Anderson. “The Library’s digital programs have helped transform the institution, bringing it new constituencies nationwide. The digital preservation program will ensure that our cultural heritage, much of which is today created digitally, is preserved and accessible for generations to come.” NDIIPP currently has more than 90 partners in its growing digital preservation network, which includes institutions both in the United States and abroad. The most recent partners to join the NDIIPP fold are from the private sector, as part of the Preserving Creative America initiative. These partners are collecting and preserving digital motion pictures, sound recordings, comics, photographs, video games and virtual worlds, such as those in Second Life. For more information on the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, see www.digitalpreservation.gov. The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world’s knowledge in almost all of the world’s languages and America’s private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning Web site at www.loc.gov.