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 long-term value.
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 Harvard University.