Abby Smith Rumsey

I am a historian and consulting analyst with special interest in the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record in a variety of media; the impact of digital information technologies on cultural heritage institutions; and the evolving role of information as a public good. I am director of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia. I also work with the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in development of its national strategy to identify, collect, and preserve digital content of long-term value. And I served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, and was the senior writer and editor for the task force’s final report. I was an advisor to the ACLS Commission on the Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously I worked as director of programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, DC; and at the Library of Congress managing programs relating to preservation of and access to cultural heritage collections.
I got my doctorate in Russian history from Harvard University and taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities. I've published widely on cultural heritage, preservation, and scholarship in the digital age.