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Attributes of sustainability-NISO Plus

Abstract
Libraries, museums, and archives have increasing dependency on not-for-profit and commercial digital platforms such as Preservica, MetaArchive, APTrust, Samvera to support the curation, discovery, and management of digital content. The long-term stewardship of digital materials depends not only on the technical resiliency of preservation systems, but also on the strength of financial and organizational sustainability of these systems and their providers and their ability to meet the needs of their clients (user base). With funding from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), Ithaka S+R is conducting a 2-year research project to examine and assess how digital preservation systems are developed, deployed, and sustained. The purpose of the presentation is to discuss the sustainability attributes for assessing the effectiveness and durability of preservation and curation systems and stewarding organizations. After sharing the study’s key findings, there will be a roundtable discussion about the key challenges in selecting and implementing digital preservation and curation systems from the heritage sector’s perspective.
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Libraries, museums, and archives have increasing dependency on not-for-profit and commercial digital platforms such as Preservica, MetaArchive, APTrust, Samvera to support the curation, discovery, and management of digital content. The long-term stewardship of digital materials depends not only on the technical resiliency of preservation systems, but also on the strength of financial and organizational sustainability of these systems and their providers and their ability to meet the needs of their clients (user base). With funding from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), Ithaka S+R is conducting a 2-year research project to examine and assess how digital preservation systems are developed, deployed, and sustained. The purpose of the presentation is to discuss the sustainability attributes for assessing the effectiveness and durability of preservation and curation systems and stewarding organizations. After sharing the study’s key findings, there will be a roundtable discussion about the key challenges in selecting and implementing digital preservation and curation systems from the heritage sector’s perspective.
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Carol A. Mandel is Dean Emerita of New York University Libraries. She has had leadership roles at the libraries of Columbia University and University of California, San Diego, as well as at the Association of Research Libraries. She has served on the boards of many groups concerned with access and preservation, including ARL, DLF, the Digital Preservation Network, HathiTrust, Ithaka Harbors, CLIR, and the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Concern for enduring access to resources for research and cultural memory has been an important area of focus throughout her career, from the development of preservation microfilming to the challenges posed by today’s world of vast digital information. Her work as a CLIR Distinguished Presidential Fellow focuses on issues and strategies related to sustaining the many new forms of valuable content that are digital only, and that are eluding traditional approaches to collection and stewardship.

Dr. Katherine Skinner serves as the Executive Director of the Educopia Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization that empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge. In this role, she has helped to found and support the MetaArchive Cooperative, the Library Publishing Coalition, the BitCurator Consortium, the Maintainers, and the Software Preservation Network. Skinner received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University. She has co-edited four books and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and articles, including Community Cultivation – A Field Guide (2018) and Open Knowledge Institutions: Reinventing Universities (2021). She has served as Principal Investigator on almost 20 research projects to date and regularly teaches graduate courses and provides consultation services.

Oya Y. Rieger is a senior strategist on Ithaka S+R’s Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums team. She spearheads projects that reexamine the curation and preservation missions of cultural heritage organizations and explore sustainability models for open scholarship. Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Rieger served as Associate University Librarian at Cornell University Library overseeing digital scholarship, preservation, collection development and scholarly publishing programs. As digital preservation has been a central point of her 25-year career, she has contributed to a range of international initiatives to design, develop, and assess digital preservation initiatives and training programs. With a B.A in Economics (Middle East Technical University, Turkey), she holds an M.S. in Public Administration (University of Oklahoma, US), an M.S. in Information Systems (Columbia University, US), and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (Cornell University, US).
Roger C. Schonfeld is program director at Ithaka S+R, where he leads a team of higher education researchers and consultants that addresses academic libraries, scholarly communication, museums, and the academic research enterprise. He has an extensive track record on strategy for publishers, content distributors, and preservation initiatives, and he covers organizational strategy and mergers and acquisitions for the Scholarly Kitchen. Roger’s recent book, co-authored with Deanna Marcum, is Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization (Princeton). Roger is a board member of the Center for Research Libraries, was previously a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and received degrees from Syracuse and Yale.