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February 6, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced that Christine Di Bella has been hired as the new ArchivesSpace Program Manager. ArchivesSpace is an open source archives information management application and LYRASIS serves as its organizational home.

January 10, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, the longest serving non-profit for archives, libraries and museums in the United States, announces the opening of its new Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst fund will award up to $100k to fund innovative ideas and kick start new programs of interest to LYRASIS member institutions. The Catalyst Fund offers LYRASIS members the opportunity to fund a new project, idea or program by applying for a financial award. Applications will be reviewed by the LYRASIS Leaders Circle, a new tier of LYRASIS membership open to all libraries, archives and museums. Recipients will present the results of their projects at the LYRASIS Member Summit in October.

January 4, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announce the recent hire of Laney McGlohon as Technical Lead for ArchivesSpace.

November 3, 2016

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced the recent hire of Jonathan Green. Green will join the LYRASIS team as Repository Developer in the Technology Services Division. In this role, he will focus on the LYRASIS Islandora Hosting program and developing long-term opportunities to serve the LYRASIS community of members and users with the open source Islandora digital repository framework.

November 1, 2016

(Lyrasis) The Crowley Company, a worldwide provider of production- and patron-level analog and digital scanning equipment and services, announced that the company has entered into a vendor partnership with LYRASIS.

September 13, 2016

(Lyrasis) The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, a nonprofit paper conservation facility, and LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, are proud to announce a partnership. The collaboration aims to strengthen an alliance between complementary organizations and increase access to vital services for their constituents. Each institution will offer reciprocal workshop and webinar discounts to the otherís members. The organizations will also engage in combined consulting offerings for cultural heritage organizations. In addition, LYRASIS members will receive a discount on conservation treatment services at CCAHA.

August 1, 2016

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS Announces New Board of Trustees members, who will each serve a three-year term. The new trustees were chosen through two elections - the LYRASIS Annual Member Election in April and a Special Member Election in June and July. LYRASIS members voted for candidates to fill the open Board positions which included two representatives from academic and/or research libraries, one public library representative, one representative from a state library or group library and two at-large trustees representing any type of member institution.

July 26, 2016

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS has been awarded a grant in the amount of $850,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support ongoing development and sustainability planning for CollectionSpace, an open source collections management tool for museums. This award will allow LYRASIS and the CollectionSpace community to continue to strengthen the application and the community's efforts to create a sustainable open source collections management system for the benefit of museums and other collecting organizations.

May 16, 2016

(Lyrasis) Following four months of formal due diligence and six months of exploration, the Boards of LYRASIS and DuraSpace have decided that a full merger is not currently the best way for each organization to achieve its long-term goals. In lieu of a formal merger, LYRASIS and DuraSpace will continue to pursue more informal collaborations that benefit members and communities of both organizations while allowing each organization to remain focused on its mission. This decision is the result of extensive investigations and good faith due diligence.

March 17, 2016

(Lyrasis) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a grant of $50,000 to LYRASIS, a leading member-based non-profit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, to facilitate planning with eight partner organizations to design a program to build capacity and improve emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations.

January 27, 2016

(Lyrasis) The Boards of LYRASIS and DuraSpace, two leading member-based non-profit organizations serving libraries, archives, museums, as well as the broader scholarly, cultural heritage and technology communities, have unanimously approved an "Intent to Merge". LYRASIS, which serves more than 4000 members and partner organizations by delivering e-resources, strategic licensing, training and digital technology resources, and DuraSpace, a leader in the development and deployment of open source technologies and services that promote durable access and discovery of digital data, will begin next steps to determine the feasibility of a combined organization. These next steps will include a deeper assessment of the individual organizations and how they might partner effectively, seeking community feedback on the proposal during a public phase of the due diligence investigation.

May 6, 2015

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced the selection of Robert Miller as its new Chief Executive Officer effective June 15, 2015. Miller will fill the position previously held by Kate Nevins, who is retiring after more than 20 years with LYRASIS and SOLINET, one of its predecessor organizations. The selection was made after a rigorous national search and was finalized by the LYRASIS Board of Trustees after their April 30, 2015 meeting.

May 5, 2015

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS members elected four new Board of Trustees members, who will each serve a three-year term. The new Board members will start their terms on July 1, 2015.

April 3, 2015

(Lyrasis) Laurie Gemmill Arp, LYRASIS Director of Digital and Preservation Services, was appointed by the State Board of Education of Ohio to the Ohio State Library Board. She was sworn in to her new role at the March 19, 2015 meeting of the State Library Board and began her service at that time. Her new role for the Ohio State Library Board will not impact or change her role at LYRASIS.

February 19, 2015

(Lyrasis) Tom Clareson, LYRASIS Senior Digital & Preservation Services Consultant, has been named Acting President of Heritage Preservation, a nationally recognized public policy organization dedicated to preserving the cultural, historic, and scientific heritage of the United States. Clareson will maintain his position and projects at LYRASIS. He began his term as Acting President on February 9, 2015, and he will oversee a transition plan that ensures the continuation and completion of key Heritage Preservation projects.

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