ATLANTA - May 8, 2013 - LYRASIS, the organizational home of ArchivesSpace, has hired Bradley Westbrook as the ArchivesSpace Program Manager. ArchivesSpace, an open source archival information management application built for archives by archivists, is a merging of the best of the Archivists' Toolkit and Archon. It has been developed by staff at the New York University Libraries, the University of California, San Diego Library, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
As Program Manager, Mr. Westbrook will serve as the liaison between the ArchivesSpace developer and user communities and will assist in shaping a strategic vision for the ArchivesSpace program. Mr. Westbrook will work closely with advisory groups and the wider archives community to identify near-term and long-term user needs. He will also lead the day-to-day support, outreach, training and membership activities of the community in support of ArchivesSpace members.
Mr. Westbrook will begin his new role as ArchivesSpace Program Manager on June 1, 2013. Prior to joining ArchivesSpace, Mr. Westbrook was the Archivists' Toolkit project manager and lead designer and the head of the Metadata Analysis and Specification Unit in the University of California, San Diego Library. He previously served as lead designer for the Mellon-sponsored Union Catalog of Art Images project, as the Manuscripts Librarian and University Archivist at the University of California San Diego, and as the exhibits curator at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscripts Library. He has an MLS from UCLA and an MA in English from SUNY-Albany.
During his career, Mr. Westbrook has been an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL. In 2011, he was conferred a Fellow of SAA and a UC Distinguished Librarian. In 2009, he was awarded the Archival Award of Excellence by the California Historical Records Advisory Board.
As an SAA member, he served as a chair and member of both the Technical Subcommittee for Descriptive Standards and the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award. As a participant in the Online Archive of California, he collaborated in the development of best practices for EAD encoding of finding aids and the construction of digital object records. With Robin Chandler and William E. Landis, Mr. Westbrook spearheaded the Archivists Workbench meetings sponsored by the Digital Library Federation in 2004 that propelled the development of both Archivists' Toolkit and Archon.
Mr. Westbrook has published articles on virtual collections, metadata normalization and Archivists' Toolkit.
"We are looking forward to Brad joining the ArchivesSpace team and helping the organization move forward while serving its members. Interest in ArchivesSpace charter membership is strong and we look forward to supporting its members and the ArchivesSpace community," stated Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS.
ArchivesSpace is the soon-to-be-released, open source, archives information management application developed for managing and providing web access to archives, manuscripts and digital objects. ArchivesSpace was developed by a partnership among the New York University Libraries, the University of California, San Diego Library, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ArchivesSpace and its organizational home, LYRASIS, are strongly committed to service and support for its members and to inviting member participation vital to the governance and development of the application. For more information, please visit www.archivesspace.org.
LYRASIS partners with member libraries and cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while buildingand sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buyingpower. LYRASIS is the organizational home for ArchivesSpace. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.