Abby Smith Rumsey is a writer and
historian focusing on the creation, preservation, and use of the
cultural record in all media. Her most recent work is When We are No More: How Digital Memory Will Shape Our Future.
Rumsey’s work largely focuses on digital
preservation and the impact of new information technologies on
perceptions of history and time. She has served as director of the
Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia, and for
more than a decade, she worked with the Library of Congress’ National
Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program to develop a
strategy to identify, collect, and preserve digital content of
Rumsey served as director of programs at
the Council on Library and Information Resources and was responsible for
projects that addressed the use and preservation of historical and
cultural materials in all genres, formats, and media. Prior to that, she
managed programs at the Library of Congress relating to preservation of
and access to cultural heritage collections. There, she curated several
exhibitions, some focused on documents from classified Soviet archives.
She worked with former Soviet bloc governments and organizations
directing programs to open up access to their libraries and archives.
Rumsey holds a bachelor’s degree from
Radcliffe College, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in history from