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 Coordinator
As Community Engagement Coordinator, 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.
Junior Developer for ArchivesSpace
As Junior Developer, Lora is responsible for implementing features, extensions, and bugs fixes identified and prioritized by the ArchivesSpace community. Most recently Lora served as DevOps Specialist based in LYRASIS’ Digital Technology Services department, where she participated in a range of technical support activities including responding to ArchivesSpace support tickets, contributing code, and supporting DTS hosting services for ArchivesSpace.
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 previously the Digital Archivist in the 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. She received her MLIS (Archival Studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; her MA in the History of Industrialization and Technology from the University of Delaware’s Hagley Program; and her BA in History from Susquehanna University.
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.