Jacob Nadal is the Director for Preservation at the Library of Congress, where he manages the Directorate’s four Divisions, serves on the US Cultural Heritage Coordinating Committee, and provides leadership for the Library’s care of the national collections. Before joining the Library of Congress, he served in leadership roles for the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), Brooklyn Historical Society, UCLA, New York Public Library, and Indiana University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Library Science. His work has involved large-scale cooperative programs to share and preserve research materials, and to promote cultural diplomacy through documentary heritage preservation.oratory at Indiana University, Bloomington. He teaches preservation at the Indiana University School of Library Science and the Pratt Institute and serves in the American Library Association as the Chair of the Preservation and Reformatting Section.

Nadal has worked on digitization, digital libraries, and related preservation issues for over a decade and he co-chaired the Working Group that wrote that wrote the ALA’s definitions of digital preservation. He lectures and leads workshops on digital libraries and preservation for a variety of audiences, including the IMLS Connecting to Collections project, graduate programs in library and information science, numerous divisions in the American Library Association, the California Preservation Program, and numerous state and local cultural heritage groups.

Nadal received his Masters degree in Library Science from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2001 and a Bachelors degree with departmental honors in Music from the University of Puget Sound in 1998.

Courses Taught

Preservation Stewardship and Administration : 2024

Technology of Electronic Records : 2012