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February 5, 2019

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announces that the 2019 Catalyst Fund is now open for applications. The Catalyst Fund will award $100,000 for new ideas from LYRASIS members, supporting opportunities to explore innovative new projects that can impact the greater community. Awards will be determined by participants in the LYRASIS Leaders Circle. The Catalyst Fund is available to LYRASIS Member institutions. Recipients will present their projects at the LYRASIS Member Summit in 2019.

January 24, 2019

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS and DuraSpace announce their intent to merge, forming a robust new home for Community-Supported Programs and Services.The combined organization will serve over 1,200 members and 3,500 organizational users across the globe. With a vision of leading community focused innovation, the increased scale and sustainability of a combined organization will provide better value and benefits to members of LYRASIS and DuraSpace. A new division of LYRASIS, the DuraSpace Community Supported Programs Division, will be formed to accelerate the pace of development for a combined 8 global open source technology communities, including DSpace, Fedora, VIVO, DuraCloud, ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, SimplyE public, and SimplyE academic. DuraSpace hosted services, DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, and ArchivesDirect, will also transition to LYRASIS.

November 5, 2018

(Lyrasis) University of Michigan Press, part of the University of Michigan Library, and LYRASIS, one of the nation's largest non-profit technology and services organizations serving archives, libraries and museums, are proud to announce the launch of the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC), now available for sale. The new collection will be hosted on the Fulcrum platform and will be available in its entirety through an exclusive partnership with LYRASIS, making this a fully not-for-profit model committed to enriching the community and making more valuable content available for libraries.

October 16, 2018

(Lyrasis) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded LYRASIS a $1,200,000 award to support the next stage of community growth and technical development of CollectionSpace. CollectionSpace is the only collections management system led by a nonprofit and designed with input from the community. It offers forward looking features that include mobile-friendly displays, an open application program interface (API), and a multitude of custom profiles for museums and other institutions that hold art, artifact, object, and specimen collections of all types and sizes. This new 3-year award will fund three key areas to further the CollectionSpace build-out: user community expansion, accelerating progress on the technical roadmap and the addition of staff to ensure continued high levels of service.

August 28, 2018

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced that James English will be joining LYRASIS as the Product Development Strategist for Library Simplified/SimplyE, signalling the organization's ongoing commitment to supporting public libraries and creating a strong open source community. Library Simplified is an open source eReading platform initially developed by The New York Public Library with funding from the the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help libraries manage eBook collections, boost circulation and improve access to books to encourage reading and literacy. SimplyE is the mobile application that gives users one-click access to their library's eBook catalog with just a library card through the Library Simplified middleware platform, simplifying a user's ability to securely and privately connect with their library.

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.

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