Dear Members, 

It is exciting to report to you about the flurry of activity currently happening within the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. 

A number of member organizations have volunteered to develop the organizational structure for the first three years of the Alliance. Teams were formed around three topics: 
    * Mission and Values
    * Membership
    * Organizational Structure
Each of these teams is in the process of creating recommendations on their topics. These teams will convene to review and refine all the recommendations into a cohesive whole at a workshop in December. The suggestions from that meeting will be circulated to the entire Alliance to review and ratify in early January 2011. 

The working groups have also been very active. Each of the five working groups (Content, Infrastructure, Innovation, Outreach, and Standards) has begun to draft a charter, develop a work plan, hold calls with working group participants, and schedule regular meetings. 

Ideas for work that were articulated and voted upon at have influenced the draft work plans. Help direct the work ahead by adding your own idea or commenting on one already there. You can also contact your working group co-chairs directly:

Content Working Group
Cathy Hartman, University of North Texas Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress

Karen Cariani, WGBH Educational Foundation	
Leslie Johnston, Library of Congress

Micah Beck, University of Tennessee	
Jane Mandelbaum, Library of Congress

Carol Minton Morris, DuraSpace
Butch Lazorchak, Library of Congress

Andrea Goethals, Harvard University	
Jimi Jones, Library of Congress

Thank you for continuing to be a part of the important work of digital preservation in this collaborative manner. 
Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.

Best regards, 


Michelle Gallinger
Digital Programs Coordinator
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20007
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