From 2008-2012, I served as the Preservation Officer for UCLA Library and if you’re interested in the work that’s taking place at UCLA, there’s a weblog for the UCLA Library Preservation Department. From 2005-2008, I worked as the Field Service Librarian and Acting Head of Collection Care in the Preservation Division of The New York Public Library, following my time at Indiana University, Bloomington, where I earned my Masters in Library and Information Science and held a series of jobs that culminated in a position as the head of the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, from 1999-2005.
My work has taken me across the United States and abroad, especially in relation to my work on digital preservation, collection-wide preservation strategies, and disaster recovery. Highlights of my professional work include American Library Association’s definitions of digital preservation, a research project on scarcity issues in preservation, and project in Liberia to salvage the William V. S. Tubman’s personal papers and other Liberian documents.
I also teach classes for graduate library students, primarily at the Pratt Institute, supervise internships, and give occasional seminars for working professionals and the general public. I currently serve as Chair of the the American Library Association (ALA) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and in past years, served on the steering committee of the California Preservation Program and as the chair of several American Library Association Interest Groups and Working Groups. My writing is published in the professional literature and here, at jacobnadal.com. My complete C.V. is available on the about page, and is rarely more than a few months out of date.