Digital Preservation Committee

The charge of the Digital Preservation Committee is to identify ways in which NASIG can educate and inform its members and the community at large in the ways they can work to ensure digital scholarly content in all formats remains available to future users. The committee will identify and publicize the roles and responsibilities needed for librarians and publishers and will develop some best practices for the industry, including open access. The committee will work collaboratively with other organizations with an interest in digital preservation to ensure that we are working in partnership and broadening the range of our efforts, extending the marketing of appropriate digital preservation activities to a broad range of library administrations and publishers.

Co-Chair: Heather Staines (Delta Think), 20/22
Co-Chair: Michelle Polchow (University of California, Davis), 21/23

Narine Bournoutian (Columbia University), 21/23
Yael Fitzpatrick (PNAS), 20/22
Tessa Minchew (NC State), 21/23
James Phillpotts (Oxford University Press), 20/22
Jessica Rigg (Georgia Southern University), 21/23
Wendy Robertson (University of Iowa), NASIG representative on the Keeper's Registry Advisory Council, 20/22
Kelly Sheeran (Catholic University of America), 20/22
Frances Steele (Wisconsin Historical Society), 20/22
Abeni Wickham (SciFree), 21/23
Alicia Wise (CLOCKSS), 21/23

Board Liaison:
Katy Divittorio

Current project:

Model Digital Preservation Policy


Please send comments to the Committee.


  • NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force Survey Results, May 1, 2019 (PDF)


  • Ensuring Continuity of Access: Best Practices in Digital Preservation and Content Transfer, NASIG Online Conference, May 21, 2021

    • Narine Bournoutian, Head of Continuing Resources and Collection Maintenance, Columbia University Law Library
    • Dr Heather Ruland Staines, Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant
  • Heeding the Call: Finding At-Risk Electronic Titles in University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiian Collection, NASIG Online Conference, May 21, 2021

    • Amy J. Carlson, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library
    • Jodie Mattos, Hawaiian Collection librarian, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library
  • [Closely related, but not from this group]: From the cradle to the digital vault: Tracking the path of e-journals, NASIG Online Conference, May 19, 2021

    • Gaelle Bequet, Director, ISSN International Centre
  • Licensing E-Resources: Is your Publisher a Preservationist?Slides (PDF), NASIG webinar 18 March 2021
    • James Phillpotts, Oxford University Press
    • Michelle Polchow, University of California, Davis
    • Moderator: Shannon Regan, New York Public Library
  • Open Access Content Under Threat: Internet Archive and Portico – NASIG webinar 19 November 2020
    • Stephanie Orphan, Director of Content Preservation for Portico
    • Jefferson Bailey, Director, Web Archiving and Data Services at Internet Archive
  • Where do we keep that? The new Keepers Registry and the digital content in your collection – Slideshare | YouTube, NASIG Online Conference, June 11, 2020
    • Willa Tavernier
    • Ted Westervelt
  • Exploring Perpetual Access – Slideshare | YouTube, NASIG Online Conference, June 11, 2020
    • Michelle Polchow
  • Demystifying Digital Preservation: Recommendations for Organizations, Libraries, and Information Professionals – NASIG - 6 June 2019
    • Shannon Keller
  • Seasons of Change: Digital Preservation in an Ever-Changing Digital Environment (PDF) – Charleston Conference, 8 November 2018
    • Heather Staines
    • Shannon Keller
    • Bob Boissy
  • Digital Preservation Task Force Update – NASIG, 9 June 2018
    • Shannon Regan Keller
    • Wendy C. Robertson
    • Kim Steinle
  • Digital Preservation for Library Publishers: Raising Awareness – Library Publishing Forum, 22 May 2018
    • Heather Staines presented "NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force"
    • Wendy C. Robertson presented "Digital Preservation and Small Library Publishers"
    • Jeremy Morse presented "Preservation Policies, And Why Every Publisher Needs One"

Other NASIG presentations relating to preservation:

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