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.
Community Engagement Lead
As Community Engagement Lead, Jessica is responsible for user support, training, outreach, and communications across the ArchivesSpace community. She works to bring our community together through events and activities and is always willing to consider new areas for connection as our community continues to grow and mature.
Jessica was the leader in ArchivesSpace implementation in her role as archivist in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina (USC). She worked closely with colleagues to develop training, documentation, and opportunities for collaboration as well as working closely with the developers and system administrators who facilitate the technical side of their ArchivesSpace implementation. In addition to her work on ArchivesSpace, she was involved in all aspects of managing physical and digital collections and making them accessible, including providing outreach to donors and users. As a graduate student and early professional, she had previously been actively involved in USC’s implementation of Archivists’ Toolkit. Jessica received an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a BA in History from Wofford College. Jessica also recently received her Digital Archives Specialist certificate through the Society of American Archivists.
As a software developer on the ArchivesSpace team, Don is responsible for designing, writing, maintaining, and reviewing code and tests from internal and external contributors. He also participates in discussions on future development and looks for ways to improve the software and the accompanying processes and practices.
Don received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has held positions in software development, testing, and operations in both private sector companies and higher education institutions over the course of his career. In the Library Systems group at the Cornell University Library, he set up and maintained the ArchivesSpace installation for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, and maintained and customized the DSpace installation known as eCommons.
Front End Developer
As Front End Developer, Brian is responsible for the user facing systems of ArchivesSpace. He works with the program team and community to maintain and improve the ArchivesSpace user experience.
Before joining ArchivesSpace Brian was Assistant Director of the Web Services Office at the Network of the National Library of Medicine where he supported the project, knowledge, and content management needs of a nationally distributed organization. Prior to that he taught and collaborated with health and life sciences researchers to solve problems through design, 3D printing, and code as the University of Maryland, Baltimore's inaugural Emerging Technologies Librarian. Brian has a MLS in Africana Studies from the University of Toledo where he was actively involved in the burgeoning field of community informatics. His thesis was based on an early web site directory of local Black hair salons, community organizing around digital literacy, and a socio-technical analysis of cultural production. This focus continued at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences where Brian worked and later earned his MS in Library and Information Science. Here he played a central role in deploying and growing local knowledge sharing web applications, being called a "Civic Hacker Hero" by Code for America. Brian lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and three children (and extensive vinyl record collection).
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.
As ArchivesSpace Program Assistant, Bailey-Grace works part-time with the team on a range of activities, primarily supporting events and communications. Bailey-Grace has a strong background in events management, training administration, and customer service. Most recently she has been working as a Public Course Manager for Crucial Learning, which involves managing both in-person and virtual courses attended by thousands of people each year. In previous positions she has overseen client onboarding and support, software testing and troubleshooting, and creating instructional materials to help new and existing software users. Her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte focused on international business, psychology, and Spanish. Bailey-Grace has also done some graduate work in Spanish, obtaining her Graduate Certificate in Business Spanish from UNCC.