Added on 2 October 2023

Vanderbilt bannerThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries as they become the newest Full Member of the Coalition.

With more than 18 million digital items in their collections, the Heard Libraries pursue effective and inclusive models for digital preseration and stewardship. In addition to a diverse range of digitized manuscript collections, the academic research library in Nashville, Tennessee, holds and preserves one of the preeminent digital audio-visual collections in the United States through the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, featuring more than 62,000 hours of transcribed video content.

“The Vanderbilt Heard Libraries’ membership in the DPC is an exciting opportunity to expand our leadership in the digital preservation of cultural heritage,” says University Librarian Jon Shaw. “The DPC’s network of international members offers new avenues for collaboration on a global scale as we work together to create access, disseminate knowledge and preserve cultural memory for the betterment of society.”

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC, welcomed the news, saying: “We are thrilled that the Vanderbilt Heard Libraries have joined the DPC. Their expertise in digital preservation of broadcast television and the use of novel AI technologies will be a valuable source of knowledge for many of our members. We look forward to working with the team and supporting them in building a wider digital preservation capability and capacity.”

The DPC is an international charitable foundation that supports digital preservation, helping its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a secure digital legacy. 

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