Data migrations can be intimidating for everyone, but there are ways to think about and organize them that can make them more likely to succeed. This discussion session will feature two panelists: Jeremy Katz from the Breman Museum, who recently completed a collections management system migration, and Kristina Spurgin, data migration specialist at LYRASIS. Jeremy will speak about the process from the perspective of a museum professional, including highlighting the methods and practices that worked best during the Breman’s migration. Kristina has worked with a wide variety of data and systems during her career and will speak more broadly about some of the challenges and potential pitfalls of data migrations, as well as strategies she has employed to make the process more transparent, auditable, and safe.
Kristina Spurgin, Data Migration Specialist, LYRASIS
Kristina Spurgin received her MLS from State University of New York at Albany. She worked for University of North Carolina at Chapel Libraries, first as E-Resources Cataloger and later as Library Data Strategist, before joining LYRASIS as Data Migration Specialist in 2019. When she is not tending data at work, she is tending plants, cats, goats, guinea fowl, a chicken, and a random wild turkey who decided to live in her yard.
Jeremy R Katz, Senior Director, Archives, The Breman
Jeremy Katz holds a B.A. degree in History from The Ohio State University and a M.A. degree in Archival Science from Wright State University, as well as a certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. Mr. Katz’s experience in the archival science profession includes work at Wright State University Special Collections & Archives and most recently the American Jewish Archives. Mr. Katz started working at the Breman Museum in March of 2013, where he grows, preserves, and increases access to the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Archives for Southern Jewish History.
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