LYRASIS, the organizational home for ArchivesSpace, is pleased to announce that Lora Woodford will be joining us as our DevOps Specialist, working closely with the ArchivesSpace team on activities to better support ArchivesSpace users and improve the application.

Lora knows ArchivesSpace well and is well-known in the ArchivesSpace community, having helped lead ArchivesSpace implementations at Johns Hopkins University and Colgate University. She is also an inaugural member of our Core Committers group. Lora has most recently been the Digital Archivist in the Special Collections department of Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University where she has created, documented, and managed workflows for acquiring, describing, processing, preserving, and providing access to born-digital materials. She participates in a wide range of activities related to improving processes for analog and digital records, as well as the University’s records management program. She serves on the Libraries’ IT Infrastructure Team and is a frequent collaborator on technological projects. In her three years prior at Colgate, she led a wide range of technical services and public services activities, and 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. She has served as a mentor and advisor to newer colleagues, interns, and a National Digital Stewardship Resident. She has long been an informal technical resource to people throughout the archival community, and we are delighted that she will take up this role more formally as our DevOps Specialist.

As DevOps Specialist, Lora will be based in LYRASIS’ Digital Technology Services department and participate 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. Through June 2018, her focus will be exclusively on ArchivesSpace. Beginning in July she will continue to be heavily involved with ArchivesSpace, but will also provide assistance with other closely aligned programs and services supported by Digital Technology Services, including Islandora and CollectionSpace.

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.

Lora’s first day will be January 29. She will continue to be based in Baltimore, but will become an even more active presence in the ArchivesSpace community as she represents ArchivesSpace and LYRASIS in various online and in person venues.

Please join us in welcoming Lora Woodford to the LYRASIS team!

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