LIBER Webinar: Digital Preservation Opportunities & Challenges Ahead
There has been tremendous growth in the amount of digital content created by libraries, publishers, cultural institutions and the general public. While there are great benefits to having content available in digital form, digital objects can be extremely short-lived unless proper attention is paid to preservation. 

In this webinar, taking place on World Digital Preservation Day, current trends in digital preservation will be discussed by Kate Wittenberg and Javanica Curry (both from the digital preservation service Portico) and Nicola Wright, Director of LSE Library. 

Kate and Javanica will reflect on their experience with Portico, including background on Portico’s history and evolving practice of sustainable preservation of the scholarly record. They will also look at the digital preservation landscape as they see it now, sharing thoughts on current requirements for preservation and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. 

Nicola will discuss the motivations and experience of the LSE Library towards digital preservation and involvement with Portico.

About the Speakers 

Kate Wittenberg is Managing Director of Portico. She provides overall leadership and management of the Portico digital preservation service. Kate brings to Portico deep experience with issues at the intersection of preservation, digital technologies, academic libraries, and scholarly publishing. Previously, Kate served as project director of client and partnership development for Ithaka S+R, where her work with libraries and publishers helped to develop resources, products, and services that enabled these communities to grow as sustainable digital organizations while remaining true to their core missions. Before coming to ITHAKA, Kate worked at Columbia University, where she was the editor-in-chief of Columbia University Press, and went on to found and direct the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia, a digital publishing partnership involving the library, the university press, and the academic IT department. 

Javanica Curry is Sr. Director for Institutional Development and Strategic Partnerships at ITHAKA, where she leads outreach and develops collaborative strategies with institutions in the international market, including business development across JSTOR and Portico’s products and services and managing consortium relationships with the organization. Javanica has facilitated national access in countries such as Turkey, developed new models for working with consortia, and helped to develop partnerships with groups such as the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Deutsch Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to bring preservation solutions to their members. Javanica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Redlands and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from New York University.

Both Kate and Javanica work for Portico, which in turn is part of ITHAKA: a not-for-profit organisation which helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record.

Nicola Wright is Director of LSE Library and the Librarian of the British Library of Political and Economic Science, which includes the Women’s Library. Nicola also leads the development of the LSE Press and the student imprint – the Houghton St Press. 

Nicola’s career has focused on leading change in libraries in order to meet the demands of a digital environment. She has extensive experience in library management gained during a varied career in the higher education and heritage sectors, with roles at the British Library, SOAS and Imperial College London. Nicola joined LSE in 2008 from Imperial College London where she led the development of the UK Research Reserve project. 
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