ATLANTA – (February 4, 2013) – LYRASIS is holding its annual member meeting, eGathering, on February 7, 2013. At the eGathering, LYRASIS Board of Trustees Chair, Siobhan Reardon and Executive Director, Kate Nevins will introduce LYRASIS Digital, an initiative focused on the importance and evolving nature of digital content.
The eGathering is an online meeting for LYRASIS members to learn about LYRASIS news, hear from experts in the library and cultural heritage organization communities and listen to a prominent keynote speaker. This year's theme is Survive or Thrive: Connecting Libraries and Community, and the keynote speaker is Richard C. Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Sponsored in part by LYRASIS vendor partners, the annual meeting continues the spirit of collaboration and community building that LYRASIS is known for, with opportunities for participants to interact, both online and at the community viewing locations hosted by member institutions where groups can watch the presentations together and socialize.
Board Chair, and President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Siobhan Reardon will share with members how the LYRASIS Board of Trustees came to endorse a new strategic business plan for the organization centered on digital content. LYRASIS Executive Director, Kate Nevins, will provide an overview of the LYRASIS Digital initiative, addressing the growing digital and information needs of libraries and cultural heritage organizations to create, acquire, access, manage and share their collections. The LYRASIS Digital suite of services focuses on this continuum by helping make content and unique collections more easily accessible and available digitally. Consisting of two main areas, Electronic Resources and Content Creation & Management, LYRASIS Digital builds on existing organizational expertise and capabilities, including unique licensing offers, inter-consortial collaborative purchasing, open access, digitization, digital planning, metadata, repositories, open source ILS and decision support tools, preservation, digital preservation and related classes and consulting.
"LYRASIS Digital is an important step for LYRASIS in continuing our work with libraries and cultural heritage organizations to bring critical content to the forefront, making it easier to find, use and share. We have heard from LYRASIS members and other organizations about the importance of advancing knowledge through unique and special collections that they hold and continue to build with their users. The eGathering is a natural setting for us to share this initiative with our members and to discuss innovative ways libraries and cultural heritage organizations are using content to build and connect with community. We are thrilled to have Richard C. Harwood as our keynote to highlight this occasion and to inspire all of us," says Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS.
LYRASIS partners with member libraries and cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.