Meet the Team

Laurie Arp
Laurie Gemmill Arp, Director of Collections and Community Supported Software

Laurie Gemmill Arp has over 20 years of experience working with cultural heritage institution. As the Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software, she directs the activities related to digitization and preservation including training and consulting services. Laurie is also responsible for establishing and managing the Digitization Collaborative (originally the Mass Digitization Collaborative) and for working with members and business partners to digitize and increase access to collections. Previously, she worked for OCLC in positions including Senior Implementation Program Manager and Digital Projects Specialist. For the Ohio Historical Society, she managed several award-winning digital projects, including Ohio Memory and The African-American Experience in Ohio, part of the Library of Congress American Memory online resource. Her other positions at the Ohio Historical Society included State Archivist and Assistant Head of Online Access Department. She received her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles; her MA in European History from the University of California, Irvine; and her BA in European History from the University of California, San Diego. She teaches courses in digital libraries as adjunct faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN. Laurie was appointed to serve on the State Library of Ohio Board in 2015.

Skype: lauriegemmill1

Thomas Clareson
Thomas F. R. Clareson, Senior Digital & Preservation Services Consultant

Thomas F. R. Clareson is Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, the largest U.S. library and cultural heritage network. He consults nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness and recovery, digitization, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, and advocacy. Clareson was selected as the 2014 recipient of the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award recognizes the recipient's career work in cooperative/collaborative preservation initiatives. He was a lead consultant on seventeen IMLS "Connecting to Collections" statewide preservation planning grants, and six implementation projects. He co-leads the week-long "Digital Futures" workshop series, sponsored by King's College London. Tom was previously Program Director for New Initiatives at PALINET, Global Product Manager at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, and held positions at Amigos Library Services. A former Society of American Archivists representative to the Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums, he served in 2015 as Acting President of Heritage Preservation, the national institute for preservation and conservation advocacy. He has taught graduate-level preservation courses for The University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Skype: tom.clareson​

Leigh Grinstead  
Leigh Grinstead, Digital Services Consultant

Leigh Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museum administration, overseeing collections, and conducting preservation assessments and collection inventories. Leigh has managed National Endowment for the Humanities and Institute for Museum and Library Services grants, including the Colorado Statewide Connecting to Collections planning grant, and has consulted on five others. Leigh spent nearly half a decade with the Collaborative Digitization Program.  Since 2009, she has further broadened her experience with digital projects by working for LYRASIS and by earning her Digital Archives Specialist Certification in 2015. She consults with collection-holding institutions around the nation, facilitating meetings and advising them on digital project and preservation planning, workflows, standards and best practices for capture, metadata creation, access and preservation.
Current clients include the Southeast Florida Library Network, Oak Park Public Library and the University of Texas for Texas Archives Research Online. Leigh develops and teaches online classes and speaks at many museum and archives conferences, and she serves on the American Association for State and Local History Council as well as the Archival Description working group for the Digital Public Library of America.

Skype: leigh.grinstead

Donna Harnish
Donna Harnish, Senior Administrative Specialist

Donna Harnish has more than 20 years of experience between PALINET and LYRASIS. She has held numerous positions including Secretary, Events Coordinator and Member Support Specialist. Donna is currently Senior Administrative Specialist for Engagement & Programming focusing on Membership and Professional Development.

Annie Peterson  
Annie Peterson, Preservation Services Librarian 

Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University since 2012, and she has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She recently wrapped up final reports and recommendations as the principal investigator of an IMLS National Leadership Planning Grant for collaborative preservation services in the New Orleans area.

Many of you may know her already as she the current Chair of the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section. She has a range of experience in the preservation and conservation fields that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project.

Jonathan Robinson
Jonathan Robinson, Program Assistant

Jonathan Robinson has been with LYRASIS since September 2009 and has served in various capacities including registration and billing coordinator, tech support, and program operations assistant.  Currently serving as  a Client Specialist and Facilities Coordinator, he is one of the lead points of contact for any and all matters related to our members. A native of the Atlanta area, he earned his BS in Urban Policy Studies from Georgia State University. 

Skype: jonathan.robinson4918​