Kara Van Malssen
Partner & Senior Consultant

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

Kara leads projects related to digital preservation, digital asset management, and metadata management. She focuses on developing practical, holistic solutions for data management, findability, and sustainability, by placing equal emphasis on human, organizational, procedural and technical aspects.

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), Mexico (2014), and Brussels (2015). She is also active in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) program, which took her to Ghana annually from 2008-2014 to conduct workshops and to consult on the Making African Academic Resources Accessible project with the University of Ghana.

Kara participates in numerous professional associations and activities. She is co-founder and co-organizer of the Association of Moving Image Archivists / Digital Library Federation Hack Day. She has served on the PASIG steering and program committees.  She is on the advisory board for the National Digital Stewardship Residencies in New York and with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. From 2014-2015 she acted as chair of the PBCore Schema Team, and lead the release of the PBCore 2.1 XSD.

From 2011-2015, Kara was Adjunct Professor at New York University, where she taught Digital Preservation and Digital Literacy for the MIAP Program, from which she also holds an MA.

Kara became a mother in January 2016 to a baby boy, Isaac.

Recent Consultancies
Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Facing History and Ourselves
The Museum of Modern Art
Flemish Institute for Archiving (VIAA)
Carnegie Hall

Recent Publications and Presentations

Kara obsesses over slide presentations. You can find a few of those here.

She and Bertram Lyons recently co-authored two studies for the Library of Congress’s BIBFRAME initiative, a linked data replacement for the MARC structure standard:

BIBFRAME AV Modeling Study: Defining a Flexible Model for Description of Audiovisual Resources” (2014)

BIBFRAME AV Assessment: Technical, Structural, and Administrative Metadata” (2015)