Melissa Anez, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Melissa Anez, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, has a strong interest in open-source community building. Prior to joining LYRASIS, she spent eight years as the Project & Community Manager for the Islandora Foundation. Before starting a career in libraries, Melissa worked in international logistics in the agriculture industry. She is a proud graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Information Management (MLIS)

photo Blake Carver, Digital Technology Services Senior Systems Engineer
Blake Carver is Systems Administrator at LYRASIS Digital Technology Services, where he manages the servers and infrastructure that support their hosted ArchivesSpace, Islandora and CollectionSpace. Blake holds an MLS from SUNY Buffalo, and has worked as an academic librarian, as a programmer at a dot.com startup, and as a records manager. He's also known as the guy behind LISNews, LISWire, and LISHost. Blake was one of the first librarian bloggers (he created LISNews in 1999) and is a member of Library Journal’s first “Movers & Shakers” cohort. Blake has presented widely at professional conferences, talking about open source systems, Drupal, WordPress, and IT security & privacy for libraries.

photo Mark Cooper, Digital Technology Services Senior Engineering Lead
Mark Cooper is Senior Engineering 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


photo Carissa Egan, Digital Technology Services Outreach and Engagement Manager
Carissa Egan, Digital Technology Services Outreach and Engagement Manager, joined the LYRASIS team in April 2017 and is primarily responsible for developing strategies to expand the services that LYRASIS offers as well as for implementing improvements to the existing suite of LYRASIS hosted services. She has over a decade of experience working with open source technologies and developing cloud-based services for cultural heritage organizations. Prior to LYRASIS, Carissa was the Services Manager at DuraSpace where she coordinated the direction of the DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, and ArchivesDirect services. As brand manager, Carissa brings a passion and dedication for creating sustainable open source services that meet the needs of the community. She is a proud alumnus of Syracuse University's School of Information Science.

Skype: carissabegan


photo Jonathan Green, Digital Technology Services Senior Engineering Lead
Jonathan Green has more than 10 years' experience in software engineering, and was on the original team that wrote Islandora 7.x as well as being the author of the Tuque Library. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer for discoverygarden, a long-time contributor and service provider for Islandora. He represents LYRASIS by sitting on the Islandora Coordinating Committee, the Islandora Technical Advisory Group and as a committer on the Islandora and Islandora-Claw projects and has contributions to many other open source projects. He is a believer in open source and works not only to sustain and improve current LYRASIS Hosting services, but also explore longer-term opportunities to integrate with other open-source platforms. As a technical lead, he is responsible for making sure all the behind the scenes servers and software are running smoothly and securely so that our hosting clients can focus on their core mission.

Skype: jonathan.edwards.green


photo Brian Harrington, Digital Technology Services 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


photo Jonathan Robinson, Jr. Systems Administrator
Jonathan Robinson has been with LYRASIS since September 2009 and has served in various capacities including registration and billing coordinator, tech support, and program operations assistant. Currently, Jonathan is our Jr. Systems Administrator and provides technical support for systems and network infrastructure as well as onboarding support for our hosting clients. A native of the Atlanta area, he earned his BS in Urban Policy Studies from Georgia State University.

Skype: jonathan.robinson4918


Jacob Shelby, Digital Technology Services Data Migration Specialist
Jacob Shelby, Data Migration Specialist, is a proponent of reusable metadata and data processes. He helps clients migrate their legacy metadata into LYRASIS-hosted platforms such as ArchivesSpace and Islandora. Prior to joining LYRASIS, Jacob was a metadata librarian where he focused on managing metadata for libraries and archives. Outside of work Jacob enjoys playing video games, working out, and cruising the neighborhood on his skateboard.

photo Lydia Tang, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Dr. Lydia Tang, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, has been with LYRASIS since March 2021. She provides product demonstrations, quotes, contracts, and ongoing user support for clients for hosted ArchivesSpace and DuraCloud. Prior to LYRASIS, she held archivist positions with Michigan State University, the Library of Congress, and numerous graduate positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - where she earned her MLIS and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Committed to building tools and community for archivists, she served on the ArchivesSpace Users Advisory Council (UAC) for four years, where she led the Staff Interface Enhancement Working Group, co-led the Development Prioritization subteam, founded the Usability subteam, and completed her term as chair of the UAC. Among her other professional service contributions, she founded the Society of American Archivists’ Accessibility & Disability Section and co-founded the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. For her contributions to the archival profession, she was recognized in 2020 with the Society of American Archivists’ Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award and three Council resolutions.