It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Community Engagement

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It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability – A Deeper Look at the Facets of OSS Sustainability

Series Description

Are you working with, developing or hoping to participate in an open source program? Why do some programs seem more successful than others? Why do some live on grants while some achieve community sustainability? What can we learn from other programs? In 2017, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provided grant funding to enable LYRASIS to assess how open source software programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations attain long-term sustainability. This series is based on the resulting work: It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability - Guidebook for Programs Serving Cultural and Scientific Heritage. This series of classes enables participants to dig into the various facets of sustainability including Governance, Community Engagement, Technology, and Resources.

Facet 2: Community Engagement

It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Community Engagement

This session focuses on community engagement as an important facet of long-term sustainability. The session will provide an overview of the sustainability framework. It will then focus on and cover the components of community engagement, and barriers found by programs pursuing sustainable engagement. The session will feature a case study and provide the opportunity for group discussion about specific issues participants are facing.

Class Goals

Enable participants to:

  • Understand the ITAV: OSS phases/facets
  • Use the guidebook
  • Evaluate where your open source project is in terms of sustainability of community engagement
  • Identify barriers to sustainable community engagement
  • Know what they need to do to plan for moving forward
  • Participate in an interactive discussion and potentially form connections


It Takes a Village: OSS Sustainability Project Co-Directors

  • Laurie Gemmill Arp, Director, Collections Services and Community Supported Software
As the Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software, Laurie Gemmill Arp supervises ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace, two community supported open source collection management software programs housed at LYRASIS. Laurie provides coordination between the organizational homes and the programs and support for activities such as governance, strategic planning and developing partnerships. Laurie also directs the activities related to digitization and preservation. For the Ohio Historical Society, she managed several award-winning digital projects and served as the State Archivist. She received her MLIS from UCLA; her MA from UCI; and her BA from UCSD. Laurie served as Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the It Takes a Village: OSS Sustainability Models of Collaboration & Sustainability project.

  • Megan Forbes, CollectionSpace Program Manager
Megan provides strategic management for CollectionSpace, an open source, web-based collection information management system for museums. Forbes leads the day-to-day operations of the CollectionSpace organizational home, including community outreach, planning, and coordination with other LYRASIS programs. She also serves as the primary liaison with the museum community to raise awareness and foster adoption of CollectionSpace and the organizational home services that support it. Forbes has been a part of the CollectionSpace team since its inception in 2008 and holds deep knowledge of the system and its functional design. She has a MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BA in Economics and History from Emory University.

Case Study Speaker

  • Christine Di Bella, ArchivesSpace Program Manager
Christine is involved in all aspects of the ArchivesSpace program, working closely and collaboratively with the ArchivesSpace community, advisory groups, and Governance Board to set and implement the strategy and goals for ArchivesSpace. Christine also serves as a key spokesperson and advocate for the program. Christine has worked in archives for over 18 years, in a number of academic and non-profit settings including the Institute for Advanced Study, the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), the 92nd Street Y, the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and Harvard Business School. She received an MSI from the University of Michigan's School of Information and a bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University.

Here are the links to the other Facets of the series.

It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Governance
It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Technology
It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Resources

Those working with governance within an open source program or those seeking to understand more about governance models.
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.

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