LYRASIS, the organizational home for ArchivesSpace, is pleased to announce that Christine Kim will be joining us as our Community Engagement Coordinator.

Christine has been working in a variety of roles in Special Collections & Archives at ArchivesSpace charter member institution University of California Irvine (UCI) since 2010. With ArchivesSpace, she was first involved in helping to ensure UCI’s smooth transition from Archivists’ Toolkit, and now uses the ArchivesSpace application and supervises others in their use of it on a daily basis. Her ArchivesSpace-specific activities at UCI include testing migrations and features, developing and implementing workflows, creating user documentation, training, and working closely with staff, students, and IT support to make the application work for all.

Her most recent position at UCI combines technical services, public services, and outreach activities, giving her a broad view of archives and the needs of different kinds of users of archives. She has taken 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.

As Community Engagement Coordinator, Christine Kim will be responsible for user support, training, outreach, and communications across the ArchivesSpace community and will work especially closely with the User Documentation and Testing sub-teams of our Advisory Councils. One of her first priorities will be working with Christine Di Bella and the rest of the ArchivesSpace team to develop engaging programming and other opportunities for ArchivesSpace users to share their expertise with each other in person and online.

LYRASIS serves as the organizational home for ArchivesSpace, providing resources and services to help grow, support and amplify the community contributions. These include staff, technology, financial services and logistics support. The ArchivesSpace team, consisting of Christine Di Bella, Program Manager, Laney McGlohon, our Technical Lead, and now Christine Kim, our Community Engagement Coordinator, reports to Laurie Arp, LYRASIS’s Director of Collections Services & Community Supported Software.

To distinguish who’s who on the ArchivesSpace team, Christine Kim will go by “Kim.” Kim’s first day will be July 10 and we’re especially pleased that she’ll be part of our Member Forum and other activities in conjunction with SAA in Portland at the end of July. She will continue to be based in Southern California, but is sure to become a lively presence on our listservs and a familiar face as she represents ArchivesSpace at conferences and in other venues.

Please join us in welcoming Christine Kim to the ArchivesSpace team!

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