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NIU’s Jaime Schumacher helping to create national guide for archiving email

May 8, 2015
Jaime Schumacher

Jaime Schumacher

Jaime Schumacher, the University Libraries’ new director of scholarly communications, will join leaders in the field of digital preservation in Washington, D.C., next month to tackle the complex challenge of preserving email.

The Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration will co-host an event to bring together representatives of various federal agencies, academic and research libraries and funding agencies, as well as curators, technologists, archivists and records managers working on collecting and preserving email.

Schumacher has been invited to speak on the struggle of smaller institutions, including local cultural heritage organizations, which are attempting to archive and preserve email correspondence. Those efforts have proven challenging for even the most technically savvy, well-funded organizations.

Following the event, Schumacher will join a select group of professionals who will create recommendations and base-line use cases that will be released as a guide for system providers, professionals in the field and organizations looking to move the email-archiving solution set forward.

The continued work by Schumacher and NIU co-principal investigators Lynne Thomas and Drew VandeCreek on the highly successful Digital POWRR project has brought NIU to forefront of institutions leading the digital preservation movement.