Kara Van Malssen
Senior Consultant

electronic mail: kara{at}avpreserve[dot]com
twitter: @kvanmalssen

Kara leads our digital preservation, asset management, and metadata related projects. She specializes in developing innovative approaches for applying standards and tested methodologies for improving management of data and digital collections, content findability, and sustainability of access to digital information.

Never one to sit still, Kara frequently speaks at conferences and workshops, nationally and internationally. She is a trainer with ICCROM’s Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections (SOIMA) initiative, for which she has taught in Brazil (2007), India (2009), Lithuania (2011), and Kenya (2013). She is also active in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) program, which has taken her to Ghana each year since 2008 to conduct workshops and consultations. She regularly conducts professional development workshops for organizations including Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) and Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).

Kara participates in numerous professional associations and activities, acting as chair of the PBCore Schema Committee, co-founder and organizer of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Hack Day, co-chair of the AMIA International Outreach and Open Source Committees, a National Digital Stewardship Residency New York advisory board member, and a member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Standards and Practices Working Group.

Kara is Adjunct Professor at New York University, where she teaches Digital Preservation for the MIAP Program, from which she also holds an MA. She is obsessed with slide design.

Recent Consultancies
Facing History and Ourselves
The Museum of Modern Art
Flemish Institute for Archiving (VIAA)
New York Public Library

Recent Publications and Presentations
BIBFRAME AV Modeling Study: Defining a Flexible Model for Description of Audiovisual Resources” for the Library of Congress BIBFRAME Initiative

What do you mean we need digital preservation? We have a repository!” Open Repositories, Helsinki, Finland 2014

Implementation of Systems for MAM/DAM in 10 Steps” Take Control of Your Records!, Warsaw, Poland 2014

Recent Countries Visited
Ghana
Benin
Togo
Finland
Poland