May 18, 2022

New York Public Library, Columbia University and Princeton University Appoint Jacob Nadal as Executive Director of The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium

From ReCap (via Columbia University Libraries):

Columbia University Libraries, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University Library announced today [12/1 the appointment of Jacob Nadal as Executive Director of The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), the country’s largest offsite library shelving facility jointly owned and operated by the three institutions.

He will succeed founding Executive Director Eileen Henthorne, who will be retiring after 12 years of leadership at the facility, during which she helped build the facility from its early beginnings into a collaborative service organization with more than 10 million volumes dedicated to preserving information for the many thousands of researchers, students, and scholars who rely on the libraries’ collections every day.


Nadal – who will start on January 1 – will be responsible for the management of the facility: planning and operational issues, as well as service improvements; overseeing the technology system and website; managing construction and renovation projects; and ensuring that ReCAP’s operation meets the expectations of the three partner libraries and their users.

“Jake has a deep background in preservation and combined with his sophisticated experience of print and digital collections, he has a developed a thorough understanding of the interplay that exists within collections,” said James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University.

“It is imperative that libraries avail themselves of new opportunities that allow greater interaction with patrons and increase the availability of materials through strategic and progressive methods. Jacob has long been a staunch advocate for libraries and the accessibility of their collections. We are fortunate to have him at the helm,” said Ann Thornton, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries.


Before joining ReCAP, Nadal – a leader in the preservation field – served as Director of Library and Archives at the Brooklyn Historical Society. He is the past chair of the American Library Association’s Preservation and Reformatting Section and has led preservation programs at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Indiana University, as well as The New York Public Library in the organization’s preservation department.

ReCAP was designed and constructed to provide an optimal environment for preserving items and maintain an efficient inventory and retrieval system for access to items for library users. Comprised of five state-of-the-art modules, the facility can accommodate approximately ten million volumes, including monographs, journals, archives, music recordings, microfilm, maps, photos and negatives, videos and three-dimensional objects, and more.

ReCAP currently holds more than 18 million items from the three institutions.

Nadal received his master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University at Bloomington and received his bachelor’s in degree in music at the University of Puget Sound.

See Also: Take a Virtual Tour of the ReCAP Facility

See Also: The ReCAP Facility Uses Solar Energy

See Also: Nadal’s Bio Page at Pratt Institute Where He’s a Visiting Professor
His Digital Preservation and Curation Class (LIS 615) Begins on January 14, 3013

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