Kara Van Malssen is Senior Consultant at AVPreserve, a New York City-based consulting firm focused on helping organizations maintain long-term access to content. Kara helps clients apply standards and best practices for digital collections management to real-world scenarios. She specializes in digital preservation, digital asset management, metadata modeling and management, and disaster preparedness and response. Kara has worked on projects with organizations including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, HBO, Carnegie Hall, Yale University, the Museum of Modern Art, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Flemish Institute for Archiving (VIAA). She also trains professionals around the world for organizations including the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property's (ICCROM) SOIMA programme, Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP), and the New York Metropolitan Library Association (METRO),
Kara is a MIAP alumus (class of 2006) who has been teaching Digital Preservation for the program since 2011. She is frequently invited to lecture at professional events worldwide. She is participates in the activities of numerous professional associations and initiatives including the Association of Moving Image Archivists (chair, International Outreach and Open Source committees; co-founder, AMIA Hack Day), PASIG (steering committee member), PBCore (schema development committee chair), iPres (2014 programme committee), and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. She has worked at the US Tennis Association, NYU Libraries for the NDIIPP Preserving Digital Public Television Project, and Broadway Video Digital Media.