Library leaders to advise on future of digital materials
Several library leaders, scholars, and technologists have been named to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, announced last September and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The task force will sponsor quarterly discussion panels involving international experts from the academic, public, and private sectors. Two reports are expected, including a final report in late 2009 that will offer recommendations for digital preservation,
The task force is cochaired by Fran Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of California–San Diego, and Brian Lavoie, a research scientist with OCLC. Task force members include Paul Ayris, director of library services, University College London; G. Sayeed Choudhury, associate dean of libraries, Johns Hopkins University; Paul Courant, university librarian, University of Michigan; Amy Friedlander, director of programs, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR); Clifford Lynch, executive director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI); and Abby Smith, historian and consulting analyst to the Library of Congress (LC).
Also partnering on the project are LC, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the UK, CLIR, and the National Archives and Records Administration. The first meeting of the task force was to be held in Washington, DC, on January 29–30. A web site will be set up to encourage dialog.