photo Laurie Arp, Director, DuraSpace Community Supported Programs
Laurie's professional interests focus on the intersection of collections, technology and people. As the Director of DuraSpace Community Supported Software, Laurie supervises ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, DSpace, Fedora and VIVO, the community supported open source programs housed at LYRASIS. Laurie provides coordination between the organizational homes and the programs and supports governance, strategic planning and developing partnerships. 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 and currently serves as President.

photo Natalie Baur, DSpace Program Coordinator
Natalie Baur has focused her career on sharing expertise in areas of archival management and digital curation in a variety of cultural and educational institutions. Most recently, she is Program Director for Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network. Previously, she served as Digital Preservation Librarian at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, and as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries. She was awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship, researching digital preservation issues in Mexican libraries, archives and museums. She holds an M.A. in History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware and an M.L.S. with a concentration in Archives, Information and Records Management from the University of Maryland.

photo Jessica Crouch, ArchivesSpace Community Engagement Coordinator
As ArchivesSpace Community Engagement Coordinator, Jessica is responsible for user support, training, outreach, and communications across the ArchivesSpace community. She works to bring our community together through events and activities and is always willing to consider new areas for connection as our community continues to grow and mature.

Jessica was the leader in ArchivesSpace implementation in her role as archivist in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina (USC). She worked closely with colleagues to develop training, documentation, and opportunities for collaboration as well as working closely with the developers and system administrators who facilitate the technical side of their ArchivesSpace implementation. In addition to her work on ArchivesSpace, she was involved in all aspects of managing physical and digital collections and making them accessible, including providing outreach to donors and users. As a graduate student and early professional, she had previously been actively involved in USC’s implementation of Archivists’ Toolkit. Jessica received an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a BA in History from Wofford College. Jessica also recently received her Digital Archives Specialist certificate through the Society of American Archivists.


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 Tim Donohue, DSpace Technical Lead
Tim is the Technical Lead for the DSpace project. He coordinates community participation in the open source development process, including helping define the roadmap and organizing development meetings. He has been a DSpace Committer since 2006, and joined the DSpace project team (previously at DuraSpace) in 2009. He has a degree in Computer Science (University of Notre Dame) with a Masters in Library and Information Science (University of Illinois). Prior to joining the world of libraries and repositories, he was a Technical Architect for a small consulting firm that specialized in Documentum document management solutions for Fortune 500 companies. In all, Tim has over 20 years of professional software development experience, with over 15 of those in the open source realm.

photo Brian Hoffman, ArchivesSpace Technical Lead
As Tech Lead, Brian Hoffman is responsible for the infrastructure of the ArchivesSpace application and manages the different streams of development that go into it, including work from staff developers, contractors, and community members. He leads the Core Committers group as they continue to build and strengthen our community of code contributors. He also works closely with community members and the rest of the program team to ensure the ArchivesSpace application meets the needs of archives and other collecting institutions now and in the future. Brian has worked in libraries and archives as a business analyst and as a software developer, and has consulted on various open source projects, including ArchivesSpace in its early years. Brian worked in early online education as part of Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures, and later specialized in digital scholarship and preservation as part of NYU Libraries' Digital Library Technology Services department.

photo Donald Smith, ArchivesSpace Developer
As a software developer on the ArchivesSpace team, Don is responsible for designing, writing, maintaining, and reviewing code and tests from internal and external contributors. He also participates in discussions on future development and looks for ways to improve the software and the accompanying processes and practices. Don received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has held positions in software development, testing, and operations in both private sector companies and higher education institutions over the course of his career. In the Library Systems group at the Cornell University Library, he set up and maintained the ArchivesSpace installation for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, and maintained and customized the DSpace installation known as eCommons.

Jessi Weithman, CollectionSpace Program Manager
As CollectionSpace Program Manager, Jessi is responsible for providing strategic vision and program leadership, leading software development, and day-to-day operations of CollectionSpace. Jessi led the data migration, training, and implementation of CollectionSpace for Ohio History Connection. She worked closely with LYRASIS and curators during this time on several CollectionSpace improvements including early work with the CSV importer tool. Jessi wrote and managed several successful grant projects including the implementation of Mukurtu to support NAGPRA and repatriation efforts at OHC. She also led the data migration and implementation of ArchivesSpace and developed a tracking system to facilitate a large collection move. Prior to working with museum curators and collections, she started her career in public libraries. Early on she worked in public service-oriented positions, and then transitioned into project management and technology leadership roles for ILS (integrated library system), web and application development and a variety of technology projects for both Columbus Metropolitan and Westerville Public Libraries. Jessi received her MLS from Kent State University and a BA in English from The Ohio State University.

photo Brian Zelip, ArchivesSpace Front End Developer
As Front End Developer, Brian is responsible for the user facing systems of ArchivesSpace. He works with the program team and community to maintain and improve the ArchivesSpace user experience. Before joining ArchivesSpace Brian was Assistant Director of the Web Services Office at the Network of the National Library of Medicine where he supported the project, knowledge, and content management needs of a nationally distributed organization. Prior to that he taught and collaborated with health and life sciences researchers to solve problems through design, 3D printing, and code as the University of Maryland, Baltimore's inaugural Emerging Technologies Librarian. Brian has a MLS in Africana Studies from the University of Toledo where he was actively involved in the burgeoning field of community informatics. His thesis was based on an early web site directory of local Black hair salons, community organizing around digital literacy, and a socio-technical analysis of cultural production. This focus continued at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences where Brian worked and later earned his MS in Library and Information Science. Here he played a central role in deploying and growing local knowledge sharing web applications, being called a "Civic Hacker Hero" by Code for America. Brian lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and three children (and extensive vinyl record collection).