Gemmill Arp, Laurie
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.