As of 14 December 2021, the NDSA Leadership voted to welcome its seven most recent applicants into the membership. Each new member brings a host of skills and experience to our group. Keep an eye out for them on your calls and be sure to give them a shout out; please join me in welcoming our new members. To review our list of members, you can see them here.
In addition to approving new memberships, the Coordinating Committee also voted to remove 14 members in 2021. These members were removed after several years of no contact, despite multiple attempts to try. It is vital that NDSA members keep their contacts updated, if you’ve had changes in our organization, please complete the Membership Contact Update form. More information about updating your contacts can be found on the Member Orientation webpage.
Digital Library of the Caribbean
Founded in 2004, the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) has grown from nine founding partners to over seventy partners in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Central and South America, and Europe. dLOC is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC supports collaborative project development and initiatives for digitization, preservation, rights, integration with teaching and research, and more. These activities complement the work by the dLOC partners, who contribute content, time, and expertise in shared governance.
University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System
The University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System is developing a Digital Preservation Repository, with partial support from the Mellon Foundation. The development of a digital preservation repository is a critical step towards strengthening our capacity to preserve digital objects and artifacts, e.g. texts, images, recordings, electronic theses and dissertations, and ensuring that these research resources will remain accessible for future generations of scholars.
The ARK Alliance
The ARK Alliance is heir to the successful ARKs-in-the-Open initiative, which began in 2018 with the goal of launching an open, global community around Archival Resource Keys (ARKs) and their use as persistent identifiers in the scholarly ecosystem. The community comprises institutions and people who use or assign Archival Resource Key (ARK) identifiers as well as those interested in promoting ARKs and sustaining the open ARK infrastructure. The Alliance supports an advanced, full-featured resolver (N2T) and are creating standardized persistence statements and metadata for describing structured objects via ARK inflections.
Black Beauty Archives
Black Beauty Archives (BBA) mission is to preserve, document and celebrate the history of Black Beauty culture by providing open access to original materials. BBA collects rare beauty magazines, books, cosmetic advertisements, press photos, Black owned cosmetics and Black Cosmetic meme’s to expand the narrative of Black Beauty Culture in America and across the African Diaspora. Their primary goal is access so they prioritize digitization in their work, as well as capturing and collecting oral histories from Black professionals within the Beauty Industry.
University of the District of Columbia
The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is an institution of higher education that has been in operation since 1851. UDC is vitally important to their community and have long played a role in local African American history. UDC has a large archival collection that they plan to digitize. They are in the process of digitizing our collection as much as time and financial resources allow. UDC focuses on collecting, preserving, and providing access to the history of UDC and its predecessor institutions.
City of La Porte, Texas
The City Secretary’s Office for the City of La Porte, Texas, seeks to provide, enhance, and support the highest records and information management standards and practices appropriate for our organization and to the benefit of our community. The mission of the Office of the City Secretary is to record all actions of the City Council, see to the administration City elections, guarantee the authenticity and provide for the safekeeping and retrieval of all official documents, and the City’s records management program, and fulfill public information requests. The Office of the City Secretary supports the City’s goal of public transparency.
CLOCKSS is a community governed and supported digital preservation archive for scholarly content, entrusted with the care of more than 46 million journal articles and 250,000 books plus critical metadata and software. CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) employs a unique approach to archiving (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) that was initiated by Stanford University librarians in 1999. Digital content is stored in the CLOCKSS archive with no user access unless a “trigger” event occurs.
~Nathan Tallman, NDSA Vice Chair