The Library of Congress recently recognized Julie Sweetkind-Singer, the Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services, as a "Pioneer of Digital Preservation" She joins LOCKSS Program founders Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal, who were recognized in 2009.
The Library of Congress Digital Preservation Program was started in 2000, and features a new person or organization as a Digital Preservation Pioneer each month on its web site.
Julie, who is also Acting Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections, was honored for her work with geospatial data. According to her citation,
"Sweetkind-Singer is at the forefront of digital geospatial information preservation. She served as co-principal investigator for the National Geospatial Digital Archive, one of the original National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program partnerships. Maps are her passion. When she began working as a librarian in the late 1990s, she dealt mainly with paper-based geographic content and maps, but now most of that information is digital and she is equally passionate about the possible applications for geospatial data."
Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal were recognized by the Library of Congress as "Pioneers for Digital Preservation" for founding the LOCKSS Program ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") nearly ten years ago. Vicky was formerly Associate Director of HighWire Press, and David was a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems. According to their citation:
"Vicky and David were concerned that, unless libraries were proactive in creating their own digital collections, they might defer the digital storage responsibility to other large nonlibrary entities - outside institutions - and could end up losing custodianship of those collections and their role as memory organizations. Libraries needed a solution that would enable them to store their collections themselves, but it was important that such a system be both affordable and easy to use. And so LOCKSS was born."
Philip Gust, LOCKSS Program