Christine Di Bella
As Program Manager, Christine plays a key role working closely and collaboratively with the ArchivesSpace community, advisory groups, and Governance Board to set the strategy and goals for ArchivesSpace. Christine is involved in all aspects of the program, and serves as a key spokesperson and advocate for the program.
Christine has worked in archives for over 16 years, in a number of academic and non-profit settings. From 2009 to 2014 she was the archivist for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, a charter member of ArchivesSpace. Prior to that she was the archivist and project director for the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) Consortial Survey Initiative, a project to assess un- and underprocessed archival collections at 22 Philadelphia area institutions. She has also held positions at the Cambridge Public Library, the 92nd Street Y, the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and Harvard Business School. She received an MSI from the University of Michigan's School of Information and a bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University.
As Technical Lead, Laney is responsible for the overall development of the ArchivesSpace software application, manages a community-based code contribution process and works to engage a broader set of developers to participate in the community.
Laney is an information scientist, software developer, librarian, and self-described data wrangler with seven years of experience working with special collections and institutional archivists. Most recently, Laney served as the Discovery and Access Engineer at Stanford University Libraries. Before that she served as a Software Engineer at the Getty Research Institute and as Technology Consultant at the Museum of Ventura County. She has also worked at the University of Georgia and Raytheon Systems Corporation. Laney earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematical Sciences from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master’s of Science in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University and her Master’s in Library Science from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Community Engagement Coordinator
As Community Engagement Coordinator, Christine Kim is responsible for user support, training, outreach, and communications across the ArchivesSpace community and works to develop engaging programming and other opportunities for ArchivesSpace users to share their expertise with each other in person and online.
Christine has worked in a variety of roles in Special Collections & Archives at ArchivesSpace charter member institution University of California, Irvine (UCI) since 2010. Her most recent position at UCI combined technical services, public services, and outreach activities, giving her a broad view of archives and the diverse needs of different kinds of users of archives. She took on a lead role in developing dynamic campus and community programming to highlight materials in Special Collections & Archives, including a now annual Zinefest that promotes UCI’s rich collections of handmade, community-centric zines and gives participants chances to engage with and produce their own content. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University and has an undergraduate degree from UCI with a dual major in Film & Media Studies and History.
Digital and Preservation Services Coordinator for LYRASIS
In addition to her administrative support responsibilities for the Digital and Preservation Services unit of LYRASIS, Alicia provides administrative support to the ArchivesSpace program by responding to membership inquiries and enrolling new members.
Alicia Johnson has been with LYRASIS since November 1992. Previously, she served as OCLC Product Support Coordinator at LYRASIS, where she provided member authorizations, subscriptions, OCLC products and services and answered general questions at LYRASIS' Help Desk. Alicia has provided administrative support to Preservation Services at LYRASIS since September 1996. She earned a BS in Web Design from the University of Phoenix. Alicia also works as an adjunct instructor at LYRASIS and various technical colleges.
Laurie Gemmill Arp
Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software for LYRASIS
As the Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software, Laurie Gemmill Arp supervises ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace, two community supported open source collection management software programs housed at LYRASIS. Laurie provides coordination between the organizational home and the ArchivesSpace program and support for activities such as strategic planning and developing partnerships.
Laurie has over 20 years of experience working with cultural heritage institutions. At LYRASIS she directs the activities related to digitization and preservation including training and consulting services. Laurie is also responsible for establishing the Digitization Collaborative and for working with members and business partners to digitize and increase access to collections. Previously, she worked for OCLC in positions including Senior Implementation Program Manager and Digital Projects Specialist. For the Ohio Historical Society, she managed several award-winning digital projects. Her other positions at the Ohio Historical Society included State Archivist and Assistant Head of Online Access Department. She received her MLIS from the UCLA; her MA in European History from the UC Irvine; and her BA in European History from the UC San Diego. Laurie was appointed to serve on the State Library of Ohio Board in 2015.
DevOps Specialist for LYRASIS
As DevOps Specialist, Lora is based in LYRASIS' Digital Technology Services department and participates in a range of technical support and development activities for ArchivesSpace, including responding to support tickets and writing code to fix bugs in the application. In addition to supporting ArchivesSpace, beginning in July 2018 she will also provide assistance with other closely aligned programs and services supported by Digital Technology Services, including Islandora and CollectionSpace.
Lora knows ArchivesSpace well, having helped lead ArchivesSpace implementations at Johns Hopkins University and Colgate University. She is also an inaugural member of our Core Committers group. Lora was most recently the Digital Archivist in the Special Collections department of Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. In her three years prior at Colgate, she was an early adopter of ArchivesSpace, having co-written a successful proposal to fund their ArchivesSpace implementation in 2013.
Having taught herself much about the technologies that the archival profession relies upon, Lora is passionate about building technological literacy in the archival community and getting archivists comfortable with tech tools that can make their lives easier. Partnered with her colleague Valerie Addonizio, Lora has developed and taught a workshop titled "There's an API for That!" that has been attended by dozens since its inception in 2017.