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June 18, 2018

(Lyrasis) museums, is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is designed to foster innovation among members and knowledge communities worldwide. This year, six projects were chosen by participants in the LYRASIS Leaders Circle and $155,000 will be awarded. Additionally, LYRASIS will investigate one idea recommended to the Catalyst Fund through a feasibility study.

May 9, 2018

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, one of the nation's largest non-profit membership organizations serving archives, libraries and museums, is pleased to announce that Sheila Rabun has been hired as the United States Community Specialist for ORCID. ORCID is an international nonprofit organization committed to connecting scholars and scholarly authors to their publications through the use of a unique identifier and registration, overcoming the boundaries of disciplines, nations and time.

February 28, 2018

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced the release of a new Guidebook as the culmination of the "It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability" project. The Guidebook is designed to serve as a practical reference source to help open source software (OSS) programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations plan for long-term sustainability. This sustainability effort includes ensuring that commitment and resources will be available at levels sufficient for the software to remain viable and effective as long as needed. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services - Grant LG-73-17-0005-17; LYRASIS appreciates their support.

February 7, 2018

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announces that the 2018 Catalyst Fund, awarding $100,000 for new ideas from LYRASIS members, is now open for applications. The Catalyst Fund offers LYRASIS members the opportunity to explore potentially scalable new projects, ideas or programs that could impact the greater community. Applications will be reviewed by the LYRASIS Leaders Circle, the leadership tier of LYRASIS membership. The Catalyst Fund is available to LYRASIS Member institutions. Recipients will present the results of their projects at the LYRASIS Member Summit in October, 2018.

January 30, 2018

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, is proud to announce a partnership with the NorthEast Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance to create a US community to support ORCID, a non-profit organization based in Bethesda, Maryland. ORCID provides a unique persistent digital identifier for individual scholarly researchers.

November 20, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS has been awarded a grant in the amount of $90,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research current technology uses in museums, especially in relationship to collections information management.

November 9, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS and DPLA are proud to announce a partnership to pilot a new eContent delivery and management service for libraries. The new initiative will offer cloud-based hosting of Library Simplified, an open source, middleware solution and administrative tool for libraries used to merge content from multiple sources, add open content, manage and curate collections and make them available in SimplyE. SimplyE is the open source iOS and Android app that provides robust multi-library discovery and reading capabilities. With the launch of this service, libraries can now acquire eContent in the DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), manage and merge it with other content through the hosted Library Simplified administrative interface, then deliver to users in SimplyE. Together these services offer, for the first time, the possibility of a seamless and fully library-based delivery platform for licensed and open eContent.

August 15, 2017

(Lyrasis) Nine months after announcing their vendor partnership to provide LYRASIS member organizations with best prices on production and patron microform and book scanners, The Crowley Company and LYRASIS have enhanced their partnership to include bound volume digitization services.

June 6, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, one of the nation's largest non-profits serving archives, libraries and museums, is pleased to announce support for six Catalyst Fund projects valued at $135,000 to foster innovation among members and knowledge communities worldwide. A new LYRASIS program, the Catalyst Fund offers "kickstarter" funds to incubate new ideas and test creative approaches to advance objectives of member institutions. Projects were chosen by LYRASIS Leaders Circle participants based on the merit of the idea and the potential positive impact on the wider field of libraries, archives and museums.

May 16, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced a new partnership with Digital Transitions a provider of high-end camera systems for cultural heritage institutions, with a variety of hardware and software solutions designed specifically for libraries, archives, museums and other collections-holding institutions.

May 10, 2017

(Lyrasis) Michigan Publishing, the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library, and LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, are proud to announce a partnership. Michigan Publishing and LYRASIS will collaborate to provide sales and administrative support for content and services offered through the platform known as Fulcrum (fulcrum.org), currently under development at Michigan Publishing with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Both parties share a vision of creating new models in order to disseminate digital content and new forms of scholarly output to the scholarly community.

May 5, 2017

(Lyrasis) The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently awarded LYRASIS a $100,000 National Leadership Grant for Libraries award for the project "It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Models of Collaboration and Sustainability."

March 15, 2017

(Lyrasis) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a $2,500,000 grant to LYRASIS, a leading member-based non-profit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, to implement a project with nine partner organizations that will strengthen emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations.

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.

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