photo Erin Tripp, Director of Research and Innovation
Erin provides leadership for the new LYRASIS Research and Innovation Division. The Division serves as a home for the Leaders Circle, Leaders Forums, and the Catalyst Fund, as well as, consulting services, our very successful grant writing team, and our industry research team. Previously, Erin served as the Director of the DuraSpace Community Support Programs Division at LYRASIS and as the Executive Director of DuraSpace. She has a background working with academic, scientific, cultural, technology, and research communities, stewarding community-supported technology, implementation of digital repositories and archives, and business development. She’s a member of the Research Data Canada (RDC) Infrastructure Committee and the OpenAIRE Advisory Board. Prior to working in the library, archives, and museum communities, Erin graduated from the University of King’s College (BJH), worked as a broadcast journalist with CTV Globemedia, and graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Information Management (MLIS) where she won the Outstanding Service Award in 2011.

photo Thomas Clareson, PAR Project Director
Tom Clareson is Project Director of the Performing Arts Readiness project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations nationwide learn how to protect their assets, sustain operations, and be prepared for emergencies. He serves as Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, consulting and teaching nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness, digitization, digital preservation, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, strategic planning, and advocacy for libraries, archives, and museums. Clareson serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation.

Skype: tom.clareson


photo Steve Eberhardt, Project Coordinator
Steve Eberhardt is the Project Coordinator of the PAR project. Steve has coordinated collaborative grant-funded projects at LYRASIS for 20 years, including a 2006-2008 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded grant that assisted academic libraries in their recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His most recent project provided training, grants, and consultations to preserve photographic and audiovisual collections at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

photo Leigh Grinstead, Program Leader, Catalyst Fund
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 Katy Klettlinger, Outreach Representative & Consultant, Mid-Atlantic & Great Lakes - MLIS
Katy Klettlinger, Outreach Representative and Consultant, serves states in the Mid-Atlantic region and has over fifteen years' experience in archival, government, and public library settings in Ohio. Previously, Klettlinger was a Library Consultant for the State Library of Ohio where she assisted public libraries with digitization, space planning, and strategic planning. Before coming to the State Library, Klettlinger worked for six years as the Records Manager and Archivist for Licking County Government where she built the county's program from the ground up and created its first county-wide digitization program. Her background in archival and digitization management for government settings in addition to public library needs provides unique perspectives for librarians to consider when offering quality services to their patrons. Katy takes pride in supporting colleagues and helping them succeed. Katy serves libraries in the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes.

photo Janet "Jan" Newcomb, Performing Arts Coordinator
Throughout her 30+ year career in arts management and education and prior to becoming Executive Director of National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Performing Arts Readiness Project in 2017, Jan Newcomb directed eight arts organizations including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, four arts councils in NY and SC and a community arts center. Jan served as Director of Grants at the SC Arts Commission and taught modern dance at the University of Buffalo and the University of SC. In 2009, Jan began consulting on leadership transition and development for arts organizations; her clients include: Long Wharf Theatre, Lexington Philharmonic, Miami Summer Music Festival, South Arts, and others. In 2015, she designed and was asked to direct the MA in Leadership in the Arts & Entertainment Industries Program at NYIT in Manhattan. Jan works virtually out of her home in Corning, NY and holds a BA in Music, Hood College; MA in Dance, from The George Washington University.

photo Sandy Nyberg, Grants Officer
Sandy Nyberg has been Grants Officer at LYRASIS since 1995. Prior to that, she served as Manager for Preservation Services, Director of Cooperative Preservation Microfilming Projects, and Preservation Field Services Officer at SOLINET. Sandy is responsible for development and administration of grant proposals and projects and co-lead of the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund program. She has raised funds from federal, state, and private sources to support research, development, and programs in digital library services, collections management and preservation, library education and leadership development, open source technologies, emergency preparedness and response, and other collaborative projects to improve libraries, archives and museums. Sandy has an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in history from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

photo Annie Peterson, Program Leader
Annie Peterson (she/her) is a Program Leader at LYRASIS. She coordinates LYRASIS Learning and teaches classes on preservation, digitization, and other topics related to cultural heritage institutions. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. Previously, she was an IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow at Yale University, where her primary focus was writing a disaster plan for the library’s high density storage facility. Her background in library and archives preservation provides a strong basis for assisting LYRASIS members with their preservation and digitization projects. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. 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.

photo Hannah Rosen, Strategist, Research and Scholarly Communication
Hannah Rosen is a Strategist for Research and Scholarly Communication at LYRASIS. Within the Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives team she is responsible for managing vendor and not-for-profit partnerships, including, but not limited to, digitization vendors, open access (OA) initiatives, and scholarly communication services. She is also a member of the Research and Innovation team, where she administers and publishes LYRASIS Research surveys and reports, and facilitates connections between LYRASIS research initiatives and events such as the Leaders Forums and the Annual Member Summit. She holds a bachelor’s Degree in social and cultural history and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in Archives, Preservation and Records Management. She came to LYRASIS from The MediaPreserve, where she assisted clients with all aspects of their media digitization projects.