This course is for anyone responsible for the future vitality and impact of a digital initiative, including:
- Project owners/leaders of digital initiatives in any discipline
- Managers of digital collections and digitization units at museums, archives, and other institutions
- Library staff devoted to creating and/or supporting digitized collections and projects
- Scholars from all disciplines who have created or who are managing digital resources or initiatives
- Faculty or staff in the process of developing proposals for new digital collections or software
[Faculty for individual workshops will be drawn from those below, depending on course size and location.]
Nancy Maron, course director
Nancy is founder of BlueSky to BluePrint, LLC, a strategic consulting firm specializing in supporting publishers, libraries and cultural heritage professionals in a digital age. Previously, she was Program Director, Sustainability and Scholarly Communications for the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R where she led the team studying digital initiatives and the factors that guarantee long-term success. She and her colleagues created the Sustaining Digital Resources course as a way to offer project leaders the support they need to develop ambitious and achievable business plans. Earlier versions of the course were developed with generous support from JISC in the UK and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the US.
Nancy has published several reports and guides on sustainability planning, including Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase(June 2014); A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources(2014); Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections(Maron/Pickle, 2014); Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections at ARL Libraries (Maron/Pickle, 2013); and Sustaining Digital Resources: An On-the-Ground View of Projects Today (Maron, Smith, Loy, 2009).
Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Nancy spent over a decade working in book publishing at Harry N. Abrams, Macmillan Library Reference, and the Perseus Books Group, where she was Director of Academic and Library Marketing. In her spare time, she serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Yonkers Public Library.
Matthew Loy is Strategic Initiatives Manager at JSTOR, where he uses his skills in project management, budgeting and strategic planning to support various business units. Previously, he was an analyst for Ithaka S+R. Matt is co-author of several sustainability studies, including Revenue, Recession, Reliance: Revisiting the SCA/Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability (Maron and Loy, 2011) and Sustaining Digital Resources: An On-the-Ground View of Projects Today (Maron, Smith, Loy, 2009).
Jennifer is NYU’s Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives. She has a variety of roles at NYU, including Project Manager for DLTS; Co-Head of the Digital Studio, NYU’s gateway to digital services supporting scholarship and teaching; and subject specialist for French and Italian language and literature. Since early 2014, she has served as Co-Head of the Digital Scholarship Services unit. Her background is in humanities scholarship, library collection development, and public service. She is primarily interested in creating person-to-person services (on-site, remote, virtual, etc.) that encourage and support scholars’ use of technology for research, teaching and learning.
Kate Wittenberg is the Managing Director of Portico. Previously, Kate served as Project Director, Client and Partnership Development for Ithaka S+R, where her innovative work with libraries and publishers helped to develop resources, products, and services that enabled these communities to grow as vibrant digital organizations while remaining true to their core missions.
Kate brings a deep understanding of issues at the intersection of digital technologies, academic libraries, and scholarly publishing to Portico. She spent most of her career at Columbia, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Columbia University Press until 1999, and went on to found and direct EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) for the university. EPIC was a pioneering initiative in digital publishing, and a model publishing partnership for libraries, presses, and academic IT departments.