LYRASIS Trending Topics - LYRASIS Survey Results: Current Challenges for Small and Diverse Archival Organizations

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4/9/2021 1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
LYRASIS Trending Topics - LYRASIS Survey Results: Current Challenges for Small and Diverse Archival Organizations
Live Online $0.00 / $25.00


LYRASIS Consultants Tom Clareson and Leigh A. Grinstead conducted a needs assessment, the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) on to document needs of small and diverse archival organizations and repositories. The project outlined the barriers to their long-term sustainability, growth, and public access.

Join this session to learn about the perceived challenges in the field and some surprising results around the potential for growth and public access. LYRASIS consultants will share their discoveries, including information about facilities and infrastructure; staffing concerns and succession planning; advocacy issues and digitization challenges. The project began as COVID-19 Pandemic stay-at home orders were being issued in many states, with focus groups were in early summer 2020, so the results incorporate much of the changing landscape.

There will be time for discussion through text chat; please bring your questions.

This session will be useful for professionals who perform collecting tasks at their institutions and decision makers who can identify new resources for their programs, as well as librarians, archivists, and museum staff who work with archives materials and want to share ideas with their managers.


Tom Clareson

Tom Clareson ( is Project Director of the Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) project. 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 of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and the Board of Directors of LancasterChorale (Ohio).

Leigh Grinstead

Leigh Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museums, overseeing collections and conducting collection inventories. During her nearly half decade with the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) Leigh's love of project management, grants work and administration has been well tested. She has extensive experience in digital projects. Her years working with museum collections gave her the drive to be a hands-on advocate for digitization, and her project management experience has allowed her to add discipline to the planning, budgeting, implementation and analysis stages of digitization projects. In addition, Leigh has been responsible for training many library and cultural heritage professionals in the use of digital technologies, including CONTENTdm. Leigh currently conducts in-person, as well as online courses. She has also managed National Endowment for Humanities and Institute for Museum and Library Services grants, including the Colorado Statewide Connecting to collections grant; and is consulting on three others. She is well versed in collaborative techniques and is an enthusiastic and highly skilled professional. LYRASIS is thrilled to have her on staff to support libraries, archives and others as they discover, share and experience the benefits of digitization.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Museum; Archives; Historical Society / Site; Special collections
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