Meet the Team

John Herbert  
John Herbert, Director of Digital Technology Services

John Herbert, Director of Technology Services, joined the LYRASIS team in April, 2015. He is responsible for our client hosting services using community-supported software, as well as Enterprise IT services. Prior to joining LYRASIS, he worked at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, where he served as the Head of Digital Ventures and Program Director for the Utah Digital Newspapers. John was responsible for overall program results, including fund raising and developing a statewide collaboration for Utah's digital newspapers. Earlier in his career, John served in several technology and operations leadership positions with the American Express Travelers Cheque Group, including the Director of Global Distribution. Through his various leadership positions, John has gained excellent knowledge of leading business operations, incorporating technologies to support them, and providing superior service. John holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Kansas.

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

Laurie Gemmill Arp has over 20 years of experience working with cultural heritage institutions. 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 home and the programs and directs activities such as strategic planning and developing partnerships. Laurie also directs the activities related to digitization and preservation including training and consulting services. Laurie was also responsible for establishing the 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 taught courses in digital libraries as adjunct faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana. Laurie was appointed to serve on the State Library of Ohio Board in 2015.

Skype: lauriegemmill1

Blake Carver  
Blake Carver, Senior Systems Engineer

Blake Carver is the Senior Systems Administrator for LYRASIS Technology Services. He manages the servers and infrastructure that support LYRASIS Digital products and services. Blake has more than 15 years of experience working in various types of libraries. Blake received an MLS from SUNY Buffalo. He started one of the first librarian blogs, LISNews, and has been an active participant in many open source projects.

Skype: blake.carver

Tom 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

Mark Cooper  
Mark Cooper, Technical Lead

Mark Cooper is the Technical Lead at LYRASIS responsible for hosting and support services. Duties include ensuring that the hosted environments are stable, performant and available to meet uptime expectations with appropriate measures for backups, monitoring and security in place; leading the implementation and optimization of the services architecture using configuration management and deployment tools; acts as internal release and code manager; contributes to the product roadmap and supervises the technology services team to ensure that deadlines are met, and that onboarding, support and other client related tasks are completed punctually and to a high standard. Mark also represents LYRASIS in the service communities by serving on Technical Working Groups, and is a code contributor to a number of Open Source Projects. Previously, Mark was the Open Source Software Coordinator for Sonoma County Library, where he worked on an evaluative migration project using the Evergreen ILS, and coordinated with Equinox Software and PLP (Pacific Library Partnership) group partners on a trial of the Fulfillment ILL software. He also worked in the Cataloging Department at Sonoma County Library, developing utility programs to optimize workflow, implementing Archon for the Sonoma County Archives, and adding functionality to a hosted CONTENTdm instance.

Skype: mark_c_cooper

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

Brian Harrington  
Brian Harrington, Data Migration Specialist

Brian Harrington has 25 years of experience in electronic publishing and digital libraries. Before joining LYRASIS as the LYRASIS Digital Technology Services (DTS) Data Migration Specialist, he was Content Development Coordinator for Project MUSE, the online publishing division of the Johns Hopkins University Press. Prior to that, Brian spent 15 in the Johns Hopkins University libraries, as an archivist, system administrator, and finally Curator of Digital Collections. He received his MLS from Drexel University and his BA in History from Johns Hopkins.

Skype: abbistani

Alicia Johnson  
Alicia Johnson, Administrative Coordinator, Digital & Preservation Services

Alicia Johnson has been with LYRASIS since November 1992. Previously, she served as OCLC Product Support Coordinator at LYRASIS, where she provided member authorizations, subscriptions, OCLC products and services and answered general questions at LYRASIS' Help Desk. Alicia has provided administrative support to Preservation Services at LYRASIS since September 1996. She earned a BS in Web Design from the University of Phoenix. Alicia has also worked as an adjunct instructor at LYRASIS and various technical colleges.

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.