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Executive Leadership

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John Wilkin
Chief Executive Officer
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Vern Ritter
Chief Financial Officer
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John Herbert
Senior Director of Technology and Innovation
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Lisa Larson
Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement
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Celeste Feather
Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives
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Mitchell Davis
Senior Director, BiblioLabs
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Laurie Arp
Director, DuraSpace Community Supported Programs
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Erin Tripp
Director, Research and Innovation Division
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Meg Blum
Director of Marketing and Communications
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Angella Graham
Director of Human Resources

Company Ownership

LYRASIS is a non-profit membership organization

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for LYRASIS

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Documents or articles featuring LYRASIS

Breeding, Marshall. Mergers of Non-profit Organizations Now Complete. September 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter.

The March 2019 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter described the anticipated merger of the DuraSpace into Lyrasis. The respective boards of directors of these two non-profit organizations have given final approval to the merger. As of July 1, 2019, the personnel and activities of DuraSpace are part of the Lyrasis organization.

Likewise, the merger of NFAIS into NISO has been finalized. NISO announced that the transfer of assets and other organizational details were completed by June 30, 2019. Key NFAIS activities such as its advocacy and educational activities, annual conference and the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable will continue within the NISO organization. NISO recently hired Jason Griffey as Director of Strategic Initiatives to support new activities of the expanded organization.

Breeding, Marshall. An Open Source Option for Public Library E-book Lending. June 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. A collaboration between DPLA, NYPL, and LYRASIS is working to develop a new alternative for public library e-book lending. 1 This infrastructure includes an open source repository, a mobile e-book reader, and a marketplace for libraries to purchase titles for lending. In the context where e-book lending for public libraries is dominated by commercial platforms, this new alternative represents a community-based alternative that is based on open source software and a non-profit business model.

Breeding, Marshall. Lyrasis and DuraSpace to Merge. March 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Lyrasis, a major non-profit library services organization, and DuraSpace, the non-profit organizational home for open source repository platforms DSpace and Fedora as well as the VIVO collaborative research profile platform intend to merge.

Breeding, Marshall. DuraSpace Not to Merge with Lyrasis. July 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The March 2016 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter included coverage of the planned merger of DuraSpace into Lyrasis. The boards of both organizations had voted to pursue combining the organizations and had moved into a public comment phase. The final phase of due diligence and negotiations, however, did not result in a merger. Both organizations will continue to operate independently under their individual boards and organizational structure. Although the merger discussions have terminated, both organizations have strong issues related to open source governance and will continue informal collaboration

Breeding, Marshall. LYRASIS and DuraSpace Pursue Merger. March 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. In a move that would result in the consolidation of two major nonprofits providing services to libraries, LYRASIS and DuraSpace are considering a merger of their two organizations. The merger has been approved by the boards of directors of both organizations and has entered a period of public review. Both organizations will continue to operate independently until final approval for the merger takes place.

Both LYRASIS and DuraSpace operate as nonprofit organizations. LYRASIS ranks as the larger, with around 65 employees and annual income of about $75 million. DuraSpace employs about 10 personnel with less than $2 million in income. This proposed merger will expand LYRASIS' portfolio of services oriented to open source technology and will provide the projects shepherded by DuraSpace with a stable and sustainable organizational home. Both LYRASIS and DuraSpace were formed through the mergers of antecedent organizations. LYRASIS brings together a number of organizations that were previously involved as regional networks for OCLC billing and other services. DuraSpace was created to combine Fedora Commons with DSpace Foundation.

Breeding, Marshall. SOLINET, PALINET and NELINET Merge to Form Lyrasis. July 2009. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Another development involving consolidation among nonprofit organizations involves the OCLC regional cooperatives. Formally established April 1, 2009, Lyrasis emerged out of a merger between Atlanta-based SOLINET, serving a large number of libraries in the southeastern United States, with PALINET, based in Philadelphia and serving the mid-Atlantic region. The merger culminates a process that formally began in February 2008.

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News Announcements

October 26, 2022. Lyrasis announces John Wilkin as new Chief Executive Officer. Lyrasis, a mission-driven, community-led nonprofit serving libraries, museums and research communities, announced the appointment of John Wilkin as the organization's new CEO. Wilkin, who is currently Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois, brings deep experience in building community-driven programs with a focus on increasing access to knowledge, a core tenet of the Lyrasis mission. Wilkin played a key role in the creation of HathiTrust, a nonprofit collaborative digital library that preserves and provides access to 17+ million digitized items, serving as its first Executive Director.

July 26, 2022. The Palace Project to provide Ebook and Audiobook service to 10 libraries in diverse US Communities. LYRASIS, a global nonprofit committed to increasing equitable access to knowledge, and The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content, are pleased to announce a new pilot initiative to expand digital access to a group of 10 diverse libraries. The libraries are located across the US and the unincorporated US territory of American Samoa.

June 14, 2022. LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program meets funding goals. LYRASIS announced that the supporters of the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program have achieved the 2022 funding goals. OACIP is a community-driven framework that enables collective stakeholders to evaluate and fund open access content initiatives in a strategic way. OACIP brings together investment opportunities in one place and also provides important and consistent information about those opportunities that support informed and principled investment decisions. Using this approach, OACIP provides tailored match-making between mission-driven scholarly publishers that are seeking financial investments from entities that want to support OA publishing aligning with their mission and values.

June 2, 2022. The Palace Project launches new platform and app to enable equitable econtent access. The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content and services, announced its official launch . Informed by librarians and supported by a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment from the Knight Foundation, The Palace Project is an easy-to-use platform for the management and delivery of ebooks, audiobooks and other econtent and puts libraries at the center of their communities' digital experience. The Palace Project's open-source system empowers librarians to manage collections, hosting and circulation in a single app, while protecting patron privacy and strengthening libraries' direct relationships with their patrons. The Palace App, available for iOS and Android, allows libraries to serve all their econtent—from all major vendors including OverDrive, Baker and Taylor, Bibliotheca, and Bibliolabs—to patrons in one easy-to-use interface.

June 1, 2022. LYRASIS and The Palace Project announce the addition of OverDrive titles, transforming the landscape of eBook Access for libraries and patrons. LYRASIS, a global nonprofit committed to increasing equitable access to knowledge, and The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content and services, announced that OverDrive content will soon be available in the Palace app. This addition will bring the largest provider of library ebooks into The Palace Project platform, allowing libraries to deliver the majority of their ebooks and audiobooks from multiple vendors through a single app.

May 12, 2022. LYRASIS announces Interim CEO Erin Tripp. LYRASIS has appointed Erin Tripp as Interim CEO. Robert Miller, who served as LYRASIS CEO since June 2015, will step down effective May 13, 2022 to pursue other opportunities.

February 22, 2022. Celebrating 7 Years of Service, LYRASIS CEO to Transition at End of June 2022. Following seven years of service, Robert Miller, the Chief Executive Officer of LYRASIS, a leading non-profit member organization serving and supporting libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations globally, will be leaving the organization as of June 30, 2022.

September 20, 2021. LYRASIS to expand Open Access Community Investment Program new round of funding opportunities increases engagement in open initiatives. LYRASIS announces the expansion of the Open Access Community Investment Program. Following a successful pilot program, LYRASIS is opening a new round of funding opportunities to support Open Access publishing by scholarly journals. The journals seeking investments in OACIP's second phase include Algebraic Combinatorics, History of Media Studies, and Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

August 19, 2021. Open Source Software Survey Report: Understanding the landscape of open source software support in American libraries. LYRASIS, a non-profit member organization serving the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries, announces the release of the LYRASIS 2021 Open Source Software Survey: Understanding the Landscape of Open Source Software Support in American Libraries authored by Hannah Rosen, Strategist for Research and Scholarly Communication, and Jill Grogg, Strategist for Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives. The report can be accessed on the new LYRASIS Research Repository and the survey results button below.

August 2, 2021. DSpace 7.0 is now available. The long awaited and much anticipated DSpace 7.0 is now available. This release introduces a brand new (Angular) UI which brings together the best of both the JSPUI and XMLUI worlds. All the features you've come to expect from DSpace are re-imagined and re-implemented. This new UI is also backed by a brand new REST API, which opens all data and features to the web, allowing DSpace to integrate or interact with external systems/services like never before. This release brings the entire user community under a single UI, allowing us to move more quickly together.

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Corporate Chronology

Jun 15, 2021 LYRASIS acquires BiblioLabs
LYRASIS has acquiredBiblioLabs, LLC., a Charleston, SC-based library technology firm. The acquisition unites two organizations on the leading edge of library software and support services and transitions BiblioLabs from a mission-aligned for-profit firm into the mission-driven non-profit model of LYRASIS.

Jul 01, 2019 LYRASIS and DuraSpace Complete Merger
LYRASIS and DuraSpace announce the merger of their two 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. LYRASIS will remain the parent organization and legal entity. The governance model will continue to be a Board that is 50% member elected and 50% appointed.

Jun 15, 2015 Robert Miller named Chief Executive Officer of LYRASIS
LYRASIS, one of the nation's largest non-profit membership associations serving libraries, archives and museums, has announced the selection of Robert Miller as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), 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.

Jan 23, 2014 LYRASIS to establish an organizational home for CollectionSpace Museum Collections Management Software
LYRASIS announced that it has received funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring CollectionSpace, an open source, web-based collections management system, to museums and other collecting organizations.

Jul 25, 2012 VIVO to merges into DuraSpace
VIVO to join DuraSpace as an Incubator project, the first step towards establishing the VIVO project as part of a sustainable organization.

Apr 20, 2012 LYRASIS to serve as base for ArchivesSpace
LYRASIS will serve as the organizational home for the ArchivesSpace open source archives management system.This move ensures continuity for the hundreds of archives that now depend on the Archivists Toolkit (AT) or the Archon systems to support the management of and access to archives.

May 12, 2010 Fedora Commons and DSpace Foundation merge to form DuraSpace
Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, have announced today that they will join their organizations to pursue a common mission. Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.

2010 ArchivesSpace launched as forward path for Archivists Toolkit and Archon
The New York University Libraries, UC San Diego Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Libraries are partnering to develop a next-generation archives management application that will incorporate the best features of Archivists’ Toolkit (AT) and Archon. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project team aims to develop a technical, sustainability, and governance plan for the new system.

Apr 01, 2009 SOLINET, PALINET and NELINET Merge to Form Lyrasis
Formally established April 1, 2009, Lyrasis emerged out of a merger between Atlanta-based SOLINET, serving a large number of libraries in the southeastern United States, with PALINET, based in Philadelphia and serving the mid-Atlantic region. The merger culminates a process that formally began in February 2008.

2008 CollectionSpace Museum Collections Management Software developed
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CollectionSpace was developed by a network of North American and European partner organizations led by Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) in New York, which originated the project, and the University of California, Berkeley. The Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Art Denmark) in Copenhagen and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis have been involved in CollectionSpace planning, design, development, and governance since 2008. In addition to MMI and UC Berkeley, the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) at the University of Cambridge and the Fluid Project at OCAD University in Toronto developed the application's underlying software architecture. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, through a National Leadership grant, made possible the development and testing of software configurations that serve specific collection types, including art, natural history and native digital media.

2008 BiblioLabs founded by Robert Holt and Andrew Roskill

Jul 2007 DSpace Foundation established as a non-profit corporation that will supply organizational, legal and financial support to DSpace

2007 Fedora Commons established as a not-forprofit organization and the home of the Fedora repository software and related open source projects.
Fedora Commons was established in 2007 as a not-forprofit organization and the home of the Fedora repository software and related open source projects. Fedora is a robust, integrated, repository system that enables storage, access and management for virtually any kind of digital content. The Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture was originally designed at Cornell University and was established as an open source project in 2001 by Cornell and the University of Virginia.

1973 The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries founds SOLINET

1966 NELINET established as a a member-owned and governed regional library network
NELINET, a member-owned and governed regional library network, founded in 1966 and incorporated in 1979, is one of the largest U.S. networks, serving 500 member libraries and cultural heritage organizations throughout the six New England states and internationally. NELINET provides innovative educational programs, support and services for emerging technologies (including open source software), expert library leadership and consultation services, and a regional depository.

1936 PALINET formed in 1936 to promote library cooperation and resource sharing.
PALINET is a cooperative membership organization of hundreds of institutions that collect, preserve and provide access to the record of humankind. These institutions include libraries, information centers, museums, archives, and other similar organizations situated in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Network was formed in 1936 to promote library cooperation and resource sharing. Since then, PALINET has provided services in response to the growing and changing needs of libraries and related organizations of all types and sizes.