photo Laurie Arp, Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software
Laurie 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 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 including training and consulting services. 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 and served as the State Archivist. She received her MLIS from UCLA; her MA in European History from UC Irvine; and her BA in History from UC San Diego. Laurie was appointed to serve on the State Library of Ohio Board in 2015.

Skype: lauriegemmill1

photo Thomas Clareson, Senior Digital and 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

photo Christine Di Bella, ArchivesSpace Program Manager
As ArchivesSpace Program Manager, Christine plays a key role working closely and collaboratively with the ArchivesSpace community, advisory groups, and Governance Board to set the strategy and goals for ArchivesSpace. Christine is involved in all aspects of the program, and serves as a key spokesperson and advocate for the program. Christine has worked in archives for over 16 years, in a number of academic and non-profit settings. From 2009 to 2014 she was the archivist for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, a charter member of ArchivesSpace. Prior to that she was the archivist and project director for the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) Consortial Survey Initiative, a project to assess un- and underprocessed archival collections at 22 Philadelphia area institutions. She has also held positions at the Cambridge Public Library, 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.

photo Megan Forbes, CollectionSpace Program Manager
Megan Forbes 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.

photo Leigh Grinstead, Digital and Preservation 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 Miami-Dade Public Library, California Historic Records Advisory Board, and the Orbis Cascade Alliance. 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

photo Alicia Johnson, Administrative Coordinator, Digital and Preservation Services
In addition to her administrative support responsibilities for the Digital and Preservation Services unit of LYRASIS, Alicia provides administrative support to the ArchivesSpace program by responding to membership inquiries and enrolling new members. 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 also works as an adjunct instructor at LYRASIS and various technical colleges.

photo Laney McGlohon, ArchivesSpace Technical Lead
As ArchivesSpace Technical Lead, Laney is responsible for the overall development of the ArchivesSpace software application, manages a community-based code contribution process and works to engage a broader set of developers to participate in the community. Laney is an information scientist, software developer, librarian, and self-described data wrangler with seven years of experience working with special collections and institutional archivists. Most recently, Laney served as the Discovery and Access Engineer at Stanford University Libraries. Before that she served as a Software Engineer at the Getty Research Institute and as Technology Consultant at the Museum of Ventura County. She has also worked at the University of Georgia and Raytheon Systems Corporation. Laney earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematical Sciences from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master’s of Science in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University and her Master’s in Library Science from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

photo Annie Peterson, Program Leader
Annie Peterson is a Program Leader at LYRASIS. She leads the LYRASIS Learning program, and teaches online and in-person classes on preservation and digitization topics. She also consults with cultural heritage institutions on preservation, both analog and digital, and digitization. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her range of experience in preservation and conservation provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through our preservation services. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.