The IIPC is governed by the Steering Committee, formed of representatives from fifteen Member Institutions who are each elected for three year terms. The Steering Committee designates the Chair, Vice-Chair and the Treasurer of the Consortium. Together with the Programme and Communications Officer based at the British Library, the Officers are responsible for dealing with the day-to-day business of running the IIPC.
The Steering Committee has designated Abbie Grotke of the Library of Congress, to serve as Chair and Kristinn Sigurðsson of National and University Library of Iceland, to serve as Vice-Chair in 2021. Sylvain Bélanger of Library and Archives Canada continues in his role as Treasurer. Olga Holownia continues as Programme and Communications Officer, and CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources) remains the Consortium’s financial host.
The Officers make up the new Executive Board introduced in the Consortium Agreement 2021-2025. The additional Steering Committee members, who will serve on the Executive Board in 2021, will be named in the coming months.
The Members and the Steering Committee would like to thank Mark Phillips of the University of North Texas Libraries (IIPC Chair, 2020) and Paul Koerbin (IIPC Vice-Chair, 2020) of the National Library of Australia, for their contribution to the day-to-day running of the IIPC.
Abbie Grotke is Assistant Head, Digital Content Management Section, within the Digital Services Directorate of the Library of Congress, and leads the Web Archiving Team. She joined the Library in 1997 to work on American Memory digitization projects, and since 2002 has been involved in the Library’s web archiving program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020. In her role, Grotke has helped develop policies, workflows, and tools to collect and preserve web content for the Library’s collections and provides overall program management for web archiving at the Library, managing over 2.3 petabytes of data. The team also supports and trains almost 100 recommending officers across the Library who select content for the archives in a wide range of event and thematic web archive collections. She has been active in a number of collaborative web archive collections and initiatives, including the U.S. End of Term Government Web Archive, and the U.S. Federal Government Web Archiving Interest Group.
Since the Library of Congress joined the IIPC as a founding member in 2003, Abbie has served in a variety of roles and on a number of working groups, task forces, and committees. She spent a number of years as Communications Officer, and was a member of the Access Working Group. More recently, she has served as co-leader of the Content Development, and Training Working Groups, and Membership Engagement Portfolio. She has been a member of the Steering Committee since 2013.
Kristinn Sigurðsson is Head of Digital Projects and Development at the National and University Library of Iceland. He joined the library in 2003 as a software developer. Over the years he has worked on a multitude of projects related to the acquisition, preservation and presentation of digital content, as well as the digital reproduction of physical media. This includes leading the buildup of the library’s legal deposit web archive – that now contains nearly 4 billion items – as well as its very popular newspaper/magazine website.
He has also been very active within the IIPC and related web archiving collaboration. This includes working on the first version of the Heritrix crawler in 2003-4 (and on and off since). In 2010 he joined the IIPC Steering Committee as well as taking over as co-load of the Harvesting Working Group. More recently he has served as the Lead of the Tools Development Portfolio.
Sylvain Bélanger is Director General of the Transition Team at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Sylvain was previously Director General of the Digital Operations and Preservation Branch for Library and Archives Canada since February 2014. In this role Sylvain is responsible for leading and supporting LAC’s digital business operations, and all aspects of preservation for digital and analog collections. Sylvain is also lead for LAC’s digital transformation activities. Prior to accepting this role, Sylvain had been Director of the Holdings Management Division since 2010, and previously Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff for Library and Archives Canada.