LYRASIS to Serve as Home Base for ArchivesSpace

ArchivesSpace project partners UC San Diego, New York University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have announced that LYRASIS, the largest regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals in the US, will serve as the organizational home for the ArchivesSpace open source archives management system. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ArchivesSpace project is focused on developing the next generation archives management system, including a sustainable governance and support structure. Leading this effort are the libraries of New York University, UC San Diego, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working in close collaboration with the archives community.

The identification of LYRASIS as the organizational home for ArchivesSpace is an important step toward ensuring a sustainable future for the financial, technical, and governance life of the ArchivesSpace system. In turn, it ensures continuity for the hundreds of archives that now depend on the Archivists Toolkit (AT) or the Archon systems to support the management of and access to archives. Engaging the ArchivesSpace user community in a new membership and governance structure will be the central factor in sustaining a vibrant software tool. LYRASIS' demonstrated ability to foster collaboration among its member libraries and other archival institutions positions it well to support this activity. Development of the ArchivesSpace software system is slated to commence in summer 2012, with release by the end of 2013. For more information about the ArchivesSpace project, please visit http://www.archivesspace.org.

Lyrasis, the largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals in the United States, was created in April 2009 by the merger of the PALINET and SOLINET library services consortia, and joined shortly thereafter by NELINET. LYRASIS includes more than 1700 member institutions across the US and internationally. Though large in scale, LYRASIS is known for its local touch — fostering collaboration and cooperation among members and facilitating their success through networking and programming, innovative solutions, and significant cost savings through group purchasing for products and services. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.

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