Titia van der Werf

Senior Program Officer

Titia van der Werf

Titia van der Werf is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research based in OCLC's Leiden office. Titia coordinates and extends OCLC Research work throughout Europe and has special responsibilities for interactions with OCLC Research Library Partners in Europe. She represents OCLC in European and international library and cultural heritage venues.

Titia is a well-known manager in the library and archive sector and a leader in the strategic application of information technology in academic institutions. She has policy, research and service development experience, mostly in the area of networked information and digital preservation. She has published and spoken extensively on digital preservation issues and the design of repository/e-depot systems. She has contributed to the development of standards such as the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set and the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model. She was on the team that drafted the UNESCO Charter on the preservation of digital heritage (2003) and is a member of the Netherlands Memory of the World Committee. She was an evaluator of EU 7th Framework project proposals and a reviewer of EU co-financed digital preservation projects and Europeana-content provision projects.

Prior to joining OCLC Research in January 2012, Titia was the deputy director of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, responsible for collections and digital infrastructure. Her previous positions were head of the library of the African Studies Centre in Leiden, project manager at the R&D department of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), Policy advisor for the Governmental advisory Council RABIN and software developer at PICA (Centre for Library Automation in the Netherlands). Titia studied history and informatics at the University of Groningen.

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