About the Author
Jody L. DeRidder is the Director of Metadata Frameworks in the Metadata Strategy and Operations Division of OCLC, Inc., where she is facilitating the development of methods to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of managing various kinds of metadata and information. During the prior 9 years, she was Head of Metadata and Digital Services at the University of Alabama, where she developed practical policies, procedures, and infrastructure for digital preservation, digitization, metadata workflows, and web delivery. There she developed a tiered and targeted approach to digital preservation for constantly expanding holdings, focusing on practical solutions. In 2011 she was one of the first contingent of invited participants in the Digital Preservation and Outreach Train-the-Trainer program, and the webinars she subsequently provided through the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries broke all records for attendance and continue to enjoy hundreds of downloads monthly. In 2014 she was honored to be a keynote speaker for the Best Practices Exchange Conference, which focuses on digital preservation. She both writes and presents about preservation and digital libraries in both the library and archival fields. With a master's in computer science as well as one in information sciences, she combines technical expertise with theoretical knowledge to master the difficult aspects of digital curation and communicate this knowledge effectively to a broad audience.