AURORA, CO, May 5, 2008 – BCR is pleased to announce that Liz Bishoff will be joining BCR as Director of Digital and Preservation Services, effective May27. By creating this new division and bringing Bishoff on board, BCR builds on the recent merger of the well known Collaborative Digitization Program(now known as BCR’s CDP) into BCR, and solidifies their reputation as anationally recognized leader in collaboration and digitization.
BCR’s President and CEO Brenda Bailey-Hainer says of the addition, "Our new Digital and Preservation Services group will allow BCR to expand our current consulting and training offerings, as well as to initiate new projects and programs in digital and preservation services. Bishoff has the knowledge, experience and passion to lead this group in new directions. We’re delighted to have her join the BCR team."
Of her new position, Bishoff says, "I am really pleased to join BCR as they expand their organization to include a fuller range of digital and preservation services. Together we can work with libraries and cultural heritage institutions as they meet the opportunities of an increasingly digital environment."
Bishoff is a highly regarded veteran of the digitization and preservation world. She served as the first Executive Director of the CDP (then known as the Colorado Digitization Project), and was a driving force behind designing an innovative collaborative model involving libraries and cultural heritage institutions in digitization efforts. Under her direction, CDP’s working groups developed a number of nationally recognized standards including the CDP Dublin Core Best Practices and Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices. CDP was the recipient of a number of IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) grants for major cutting edge projects such as Teaching with Colorado’s Heritage, Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection, Western Trails, and a grant that resulted in the development of the current Heritage West database.
In addition to her work with CDP, Bishoff spent 11 years with OCLC, including a four year stint as Vice President of Members Services and later as Vice President of the Digital Collection and Preservation Services Division.
Most recently, Bishoff served as Special Assistant to the Dean and Head of the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bishoff is the author of numerous articles focusing on collaboration in the digital environment, digital preservation and metadata standards and has been a longtime champion of collaborative digitization.
The CDP is one of the oldest collaborative digitization organizations in the U.S. Originally created as the Colorado Digitization Project in 1998, it soon incorporated as the Collaborative Digitization Program to reflect the increasingly multi-state nature of its work. In April 2007, the organization merged into BCR to become BCR’s CDP. BCR’s CDP is now the flagship program of BCR’s Digital and Preservation Services group. For more information, please visit BCR’s CDP website at www.BCR.org/cdp.
BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach new customers, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit www.BCR.org or email info@BCR.org.