As Director of the Electronic Records Archives Program of the National Archives and Records Administration, Dr. Thibodeau defined an extraordinary vision of the management and preservation of electronic records, overseeing the development of an unprecedented system that enabled the transfer, ingest, establishment of item level control, and faceted searching of more than 200,000,000 electronic records from the George W. Bush White House. He has had major leadership responsibilities within the archival community, both nationally and internationally. His written publications and presentations on the preservation of electronic records have had a profound effect on the records and information profession and have raised this awareness in other disciplines, including library and information science, museum studies, computer science, electronic engineering, statistics, natural science, and the humanities. He has played a leading role in the development of a variety of standards, including the Department of Defense Standard for Records Management Applications, the ISO Open Archival Information System Reference Model, and the Object Management Group’s Records Management Services Specification.

2008 Emmett Leahy Award Winner, Kenneth Thibodeau