September 12, 2019
(Lyrasis) Michigan Publishing, a division of the University of Michigan Library, and LYRASIS, an innovative full-service technology and services nonprofit, announced the creation of a new partnership to advance the work of the American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book collection.
September 11, 2019
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced a partnership with the Educopia Institute to support its recent Next Generation Library Publishing project. This Next Gen Library Publishing project recently received an award in the amount of $2,200,000 from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
July 22, 2019
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, one of the largest services and technologies non-profit member organizations serving the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is designed to foster innovation leading to new services and programs among members and knowledge communities worldwide. This year, five programs will be seed funded for the benefit of the community at large. Four projects were chosen by participants in the LYRASIS Leaders Circle and one was chosen by LYRASIS's CEO. A total of $126,370 will be awarded.
July 17, 2019
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, "Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials". The study was undertaken in an effort to map the landscape of accessibility policies and practices for online resources as managed by libraries and archives across the United States. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website.
July 12, 2019
(Lyrasis) To help guide and steward the recent merger of LYRASIS and DuraSpace - four new Board of Trustees Members were elected by the combined memberships, and four new Board of Trustees were appointed. This brings LYRASIS' FY 2020 Board to 13 members, seven elected and six appointed.
July 9, 2019
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS and DuraSpace announced the merger of their two leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profits was completed on July 1, 2019, establishing one of the largest global technology and services membership organizations for research and collections holding institutions worldwide. Members will participate in developing new scalable technologies, shared innovation opportunities, and high-value, fairly priced services across the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries.
March 13, 2019
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS and DuraSpace announced that by July 1, 2019, they will officially merge to create one dynamic organization, empowered to help drive scalable change, new technologies and vital services.
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.