Martha Anderson

retired at the end of 2012 as the managing director of the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)


A pioneer in the field of digital preservation, she managed initiatives and programs for a national collaborative network of more than 200 preservation partners, including developing and implementing strategies, goals and activities to accomplish work set forth in the NDIIPP Plan as approved by Congress, including the preparation and execution of a national collection plan, foundation of a stewardship network of national partners, building out of technical tools and services to support the partnerships, sustainability planning, public policy formation for copyright considerations for digital preservation and public outreach to foster public awareness and support for digital preservation. She led and managed five major initiatives, including: strategic investments in digital preservation infrastructure, annual digital preservation partners meeting, establishing and sustaining a digital preservation community of practice, convened meetings on particular genres of emerging digital content and leadership on storage system architecture. She was recognized by her peers for not only being a strong leader, but as a community builder in the field of digital preservation, one of the most significant challenges facing cultural institutions today. She was able to inspire individuals to work together toward a common goal and share ownership and responsibility for this challenge.

Awards Won

Title Year
LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award
The award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation.
The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals. Recipients of the award demonstrate vision, endorse cooperation, and advocate for the preservation of published and primary source resources that capture the richness of our cultural patrimony. The award recognizes the leadership and initiative required to build collaborative networks designed to achieve specific preservation goals. Since collaboration, cooperation, advocacy and outreach are key strategies that epitomize preservation, the award promotes cooperative efforts and supports equitable preservation among all libraries, archives and historical institutions.
2013 - Winner(s)