I was appointed Executive Director of the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), in January 2014. At ReCAP, I oversee a staff of 15-20 people who operate a preservation repository. Columbia University, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University created ReCAP in 2000; today it is the largest facility of its kind in North America. Recap provides long-term care and day-to-day access to 10.5 million books and documents. Libraries have built repositories like ReCAP to ensure the survival of a collection of record. The materials in these facilities provides the source materials for digitization initiatives and scholarship. , and a partner in efforts to develop a coordinated national preservation program.
Before joining ReCAP, I worked on preservation and collection management in a variety of settings, large and small, public and private. I most recently served as Director of Library and Archives at Brooklyn Historical Society, a 150 year old library, archive, and museum in Brooklyn, NY.
The majority of my work has been in preservation. From 2008-2012, I served as the Preservation Officer for UCLA Library. 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. I began my career at Indiana University, 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, to work on digital preservation, collection-wide preservation strategies, and disaster recovery efforts. Highlights of my professional work include developing the American Library Association’s Definitions of Digital Preservation; leading research projects that explored scarcity issues in preservation; and projects in Liberia to salvage Liberian documents and support the development of records management and historic archives practices. In September 2013, this led to a trip to Liberia to install an exhibition featuring Liberia’s recently recovered 1847 Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the first time these documents had been on public view in generations.
I teach classes for graduate library students at the Pratt Institute, supervise internships, and give occasional seminars for working professionals and the general public. I am past-Chair of the the American Library Association (ALA) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS), served on the steering committee of the California Preservation Program, and have served as 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.