DPLA announces new assistant director for content

DPLA ANNOUNCES NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR CONTENT

November 20, 2012

Cambridge, MA — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Secretariat is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Rudersdorf as the DPLA Assistant Director for Content, beginning January 1, 2013.

As the Assistant Director for Content, Rudersdorf will be responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Rudersdorf will work closely with DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore to oversee the DPLA’s hub infrastructure, including implementation of both Service and Content Hubs as part of the Digital Hubs Pilot Project, supported by the National Endowment for the HumanitiesInstitute of Museum and Library Services, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The DPLA will increase users’ abilities to locate digitized knowledge from libraries across the country and provide it to them in formats they can use and reuse in their work—from elementary school reports to digital humanities data mashups,” Rudersdorf said. “I’m excited to be a part of this innovative movement to provide greater access to the historical, cultural, and social record and to be able to share it with the global community.”

Rudersdorf currently serves as the director of the Digital Information Management Program at the State Library of North Carolina. Rudersdorf is a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance coordinating committee member and an active voice in the digital preservation community. Rudersdorf teaches library graduate school courses on digital libraries and preservation (San Jose State University) and metadata (North Carolina Central University). Prior to moving to state government, Rudersdorf worked with digital collections in special collections at North Carolina State University, coordinated a digital production group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked with public libraries throughout Wisconsin to aid in the development and coordination of Library and Service Technology Act (LSTA) funded digitization grants.

“Amy brings a great deal of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the DPLA,” noted DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore.  “I am thrilled to be working with her to build out the project’s content infrastructure and look forward to her joining the DPLA in January.”

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CONTACT
Kenny Whitebloom
Project Coordinator
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
dpla(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu