Public Libraries

Better reading experience

​Library Simplified/SimplyE

​Customized content

Open content
​Direct eBook lending
​Direct eBook purchasing
​Improving patron experience
​Secure analytics
​Targeted library services
​Secure patron engagment
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Academics​eContent and database price controls
​Unique eConent
​FULCRUM​University of Michagan Press
​Better reading experience
Library Simplified/SimplyE
​Open scholarly publishing workflows
​Open scholarly publishing
Strategic partnerships
​Open platform
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​Museums​Next gen collection management
​Leveraging data
​Data forensics
​Balboa Park Conservatory
​Try before you buy
​New program awareness and sandbox
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Archives​Next gen collection management
​All or multiple
​Open source hosting
​LYRASIS Technology Services
​Migration services
​​LYRASIS Technology Services
​API development
​​LYRASIS Technology Services
​Future proofing
​Staff development for all at one low price
​LYRASIS Learning

​At our core, we are a mission driven technology and services 501c3 non-profit that works with our communities to convene, listen, plan and then implement sustainable programs and services that will allow all of us to punch above our individual weight. We are structured to take on risk and lower uncertainty associated with innovation for our members. We believe in shared governance, fair principles and collaborative efforts. We strive to lead from the front.

Our Mission

LYRASIS supports enduring access to our shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content ​services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide.

Our Values

  • Communication
  • Impact
  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Service

Fiscal Partners

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • IMLS

Convening with Our Community

LYRASIS was created by its members to help libraries, archives and museums tackle wide-reaching challenges with a collective strength, including: the development and selection of new technology solutions; fostering community-wide projects that help deliver better outcomes and services; content creation, acquisition and management; support for new content models and strategies; and large-scale knowledge management programs unique to collections-holding institutions.

  • Leaders CircleThe LYRASIS Leaders Circle comprised of about 10% of our membership community and is focused on the Individual, rather than the Institution. This is our forward looking, think tank group of members who are early adopters, not content to wait for change to come to them, but want to be part of the change. They are committed to helping build sustainable programs, services and solutions by establishing standards, fair pricing and governance that will impact the broader community. This group meets in person once a year, but is regularly engaged with the work that is underway. Leaders Circle participants include senior professionals  in archives, galleries, public and academic libraries and museums. Leaders Circle membership is open to all existing LYRASIS members at a slightly higher membership rate than the institutional membership (which is more focused on transactional services). Please consider joining.​

  • Leaders Forums – These are smaller, more nimble, gatherings across the US, Canada and soon the globe, to discuss, explore and workshop ideas, problems and potential solutions that might be funded. Experts from the LYRASIS team and from the LYRASIS membership bring new concepts, trends and ideas to be roundtabled. Typically there are 4-8 meetings each year. Output is shared and posted for discussion. This is open for all Leaders Circle members and by invitation for anyone else. Please contact us to participate.

  • Catalyst Fund – This is where good ideas get seed funding from monies reinvested into the membership by LYRASIS.  Each year, between four and eight member-submitted ideas, voted on by the Leaders Circle to assess their impact across the broad swath of our community, are directly funded. A LYRASIS expert is assigned as program manager to each idea to help speed it along and ensure that partnerships, connections and linkages are quickly put in place to help the idea grow and be tested.  Each idea is presented back to the Leaders Circle for discussion and determination of next steps. This work results in a final assessment by LYRASIS and the Leaders Circle to determine if the idea is viable for future investment, and if so a business plan  designed for sustainability will be developed, and the idea will be fully funded and implemented by LYRASIS.​

Operating Principles

We strive to include the following in our planning and design.

  • Fair
  • Open
  • Sustainable

Organizations we support or participate in

  • ArchivesSpace
  • CNI
  • CollectionSpace
  • DLF
  • DPLA
  • DuraSpace
  • Islandora