Amy Rudersdorf
Senior Consultant

electronic mail: amy{at}avpreserve[dot]com
twitter: @rudeamy

Amy specializes in digital stewardship and preservation. Most recently, she developed data strategies and processes, and coordinated a national network of institutional partners for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DPLA is a visionary, large-scale project that supports the public commons for cultural heritage community and provides a central public access point to valuable but disparate collections of millions digital assets from thousands of institutions throughout the US.

At the State Library of North Carolina, Amy established and directed the Digital Information Management Program (DIMP), a digital collections and stewardship program. She won several major grants to support the preservation of born-digital state government publications, and her team was one of the first in the nation to systematically capture social media content for long-term access. Under her leadership, DIMP won several innovation awards, including one from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance.

At North Carolina State University, Amy worked in the Special Collections unit where she created a digital collections and stewardship program.  She worked closely with the university’s archives team to initiate methods for digital asset management and storage, and led the digital reformatting of a collection of botanical lantern slides that won a national award for excellence.

Early in her career she played a central role in the establishment of a digital production center and DSpace-based digital repository at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, she also worked with public libraries across the state to make accessible content in their collections through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants.

She has worked extensively with Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, EDM, PREMIS, and MARC, and worked in tandem with DPLA institutional partners to prepare their metadata to transition to the linked-data ready DPLA metadata application profile.

She has taught graduate courses in metadata and preservation and contributes frequently to national and international conferences. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), where she holds a seat on the ALA Metadata Standards Committee, and recently served on the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee. She has also served in advisory roles in contexts such as the Europeana Sounds initiative. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her family and tiny dog.