Membership & Benefits   

LYRASIS is proud to announce the Catalyst Fund - a $100,000 award program to fund new ideas and projects by LYRASIS members. The Catalyst Fund is a new membership benefit and will be administered by the LYRASIS Leaders Circle. It was designed as a direct result of member requests for expertise, collaboration and perspective, and all projects resulting from the Catalyst Fund will be shared at next year's Member Summit.

This year, we are excited to announce our winners – with awards totaling $135,000. $100,000 of Catalyst Fund awards and an additional $35,000 CEO’s choice. Congratulations to all the winners.

  • Columbia University - "Feasibility Study for a Copyright Education Center" - $30,000
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - "Advancing 3D Digitization and Metadata Conventions" - $29,500
  • Johnson C. Smith University - "A Digital Map of the Historic West End" - $25,000
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha - "Mobile Digitization for Rural Community Archives" - $5,550
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte - "Leverage IoT Devices to Aid in Discovery and Use of Collections" - approximately $18,000 earmarked for testing through LYRASIS
  • Washburn University - "From Information Literate to Information Fluent" - $26,548

Applications are now closed.

Criteria for Consideration

We anticipate fine-tuning these criteria over time and value the guidance and active involvement of the Leaders Circle members. All proposals and ideas should be innovative that stimulate creativity. Below is a partial list of criteria for consideration.

  • Does this proposal/idea solve a well-defined problem or opportunity?
  • Does the idea/proposal advance an important objective of the library, archives and/or museum communities?
  • What is the potential for the idea or proposal to serve the broad LYRASIS community? That is, is it a common and/or shared issue for members of the LYRASIS community? Are the outputs scalable beyond a single institution?
  • Will you be collaborating with others in the idea/proposal? Is this idea of interest to others outside of your organization?

For proposals only:

  • Is the plan of work appropriate to the proposal's goal, and is the budget reasonable and justified?


Ideas can come from any member of LYRASIS who are in good standing. In short, an institution can either:

  • Submit a two-page Proposal Form requesting funding to pilot their project. Or,
  • Submit a one-page Idea Form for a project that they believe will benefit the field.

NOTE: The institution submitting an Idea Form is not necessarily obligated to do the work. If it is met with favor, the Leaders Circle and LYRASIS staff will design an implementation plan or solicit a call to action from our members to pilot the project.

Funds Usage Criteria

Ideas/Projects funded will need to vary in some aspect, and must serve the broad interests of the LYRASIS membership.