Current Instruction Team
Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern (2003- ) Co-founder, Director and Lead Instructor, DPM Workshops
Nancy Y. McGovern is the Head of Curation and Preservation Services for the MIT Libraries. Prior to her joining the MIT Libraries in 2012, she was Digital Preservation Officer for ICPSR where her responsibilities included developing and promulgating policies that reflect prevailing standards and practice in the digital preservation community and developing appropriate preservation strategies for the expanding range of social science digital content ICPSR collects. Her research interests include the organizational aspects of digital preservation and the means for the digital preservation community to continually respond to the preservation opportunities and challenges of evolving technology. She has more than 20 years experience with the preservation of digital content. Before joining ICPSR, she served as a digital preservation manager and researcher at Cornell University Library, the Open Society Archives in Budapest, and the Center for Electronic Records at the National Archives and Records Administration.
Kari R. Smith (2008- ) Senior Instructor and Project Manager, DPM Workshops
Kari Smith is Digital Archivist at the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections. Prior to joining MIT Libraries in late 2011, she was Head of the Visual Resource Collections and Media Services at the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art for five years. Kari led the VRC through its transition from a predominantly slide library and image archives to a collection of digital image resources. She was responsible for managing this program in addition to addressing the daily operational needs of the department faculty as well as external users of the photographic distribution project and archival image materials. She engages with colleagues around the Institute and at peer institutions as well as through professional associations. Kari's research interests include intellectual and long-term access to cultural material especially through interoperable metadata of digital objects. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the founder of the NEA Roundtable on Digital Archives, and is a program committee member for both the SAA Research Forum and for the IS&T Archiving conference. Kari earned her B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University and her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.
Courtney Mumma guest instructor
Courtney is an archivist and a librarian responsible for managing Artefactual Systems' open source digital preservation, Archivematica. She collaborates with her team on system requirements and product design as well as provides training and community dialogue. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies programs. Prior to joining Artefactual, Courtney worked at Vancouver's municipal archives implementing their digital archives system while managing the acquisition of the hybrid digital-analog 2010 Winter Olympic Games archives. She has been a researcher and co-investigator on the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES 3 Project), the UBC-SLAIS Digital Records Forensics Project, and the ongoing InterPARES Trust research looking into cloud-based preservation services. She has contributed to the Distributed Digital Preservation working group, the 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) Project, and is a member of both the Professional Experts Panel and the Development Advisory Group on the BitCurator Project. Courtney has been published in Archivaria and has delivered dozens of presentations on the practical application of digital preservation strategies in academic, library, archives and museum contexts. She also has a lovely black cat named Memphis who is featured prominently in all demonstrations and workshops.
Brad Westbrook (2009-) Guest Instructor
Bradley Westbrook is the Program Manager for ArchivesSpace, a next-generation integration of the archive information management systems Archon and Archivists' Toolkit. As Program Manager, Mr. Westbrook is the liaison between the ArchivesSpace developer and user communities and assists in shaping a strategic vision for the ArchivesSpace program. He works closely with the advisory groups and the wider archives community to identify near-term and long-term user needs. He also leads the day-to-day support, outreach, training and membership activities of the community in support of ArchivesSpace members. Prior to joining ArchivesSpace, Mr. Westbrook was the Archivists’ Toolkit project manager and lead designer and the head of the Metadata Analysis and Specification Unit in the University of California, San Diego Library. He previously served as lead designer for the Mellon-sponsored Union Catalog of Art Images project, as the Manuscripts Librarian and University Archivist at the University of California San Diego, and as the exhibits curator at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscripts Library. He has an MLS from UCLA and an MA in English from SUNY-Albany. During his career, Mr. Westbrook has been an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL. In 2011, he was conferred a Fellow of SAA and a UC Distinguished Librarian. In 2009, he was awarded the Archival Award of Excellence by the California Historical Records Advisory Board. As an SAA member, he served as a chair and member of both the Technical Subcommittee for Descriptive Standards and the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award.
Past Keynote Speakers