We are pleased to announce that a release candidate – v1.5.3-RC1 (https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v1.5.3-RC1) – is now available for download and testing purposes. This minor release has some bug fixes, including a fix for the issue with components being exported in EAD in a different order from how they appear in the staff interface (https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1620), as well as improvements to overall performance. It features work from our development partner, Hudson Molonglo (HM), as well as contributions from community members and release management from our new Tech Lead, Laney McGlohon.
Please try out this release candidate as you are able over the next few days and let us know if you experience any problems. If you don’t wish to download anything at this time, you can still test drive the release candidate on our test site, http://test.archivesspace.org, using the standard administrative login.
There are two ways to let us know the results of your testing:
- If you have a JIRA account, put a comment on the relevant JIRA issue for the bug fix or feature. (If you don’t already have a JIRA account, you can sign up directly from http://development.archivesspace.org by choosing the Create an account option on the login page.)
- If you have feedback that spans issues, or if you’d prefer not to work in JIRA, email it directly to Christine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If at all possible, please submit your feedback no later than Monday, February 6. Barring unforeseen issues, we expect the production release of 1.5.3 to come out by February 10. We expect the next major release of ArchivesSpace, 1.6.0, to come out in March.
Thanks to HM for all their work on this release candidate, to our community members that contributed code, and to those on the Prioritization and Testing sub-teams who identified and tested the needed bug fixes.
Technology and Development Roadmap
The ArchivesSpace team has shared a draft Technology and Development Roadmap with the Community at https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ADC/Road+Map. This roadmap is a planning and communication tool to help the community know what to expect in terms of future development work and aid in planning for upcoming releases and application upgrades. The roadmap is a living document that will continue to be updated regularly. By its nature, the roadmap has more detail in the near term but more tentative information about improvements planned farther out. Details about each release will be clearer closer to each release date. The roadmap will be available on the ArchivesSpace wiki at and updated there as plans coalesce and progress is made. Feel free to send us feedback at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org.
New Program Manager
LYRASIS, the organizational home for ArchivesSpace, is delighted to announce that Christine Di Bella is the new ArchivesSpace Program Manager.
Christine’s extensive knowledge of ArchivesSpace, her close connection to its community, and her deep and varied experience in the archival profession all make her uniquely well-qualified for this position. As Program Manager, Christine will play a key role working with the community to set the strategy and goals for ArchivesSpace. The Program Manager is central to the success of the program, and works closely and collaboratively with the ArchivesSpace community, advisory groups and Board to ensure success. Christine will be involved in all aspects of the program, and serve as a key spokesperson and advocate for the program.
Christine has been with LYRASIS’s ArchivesSpace team since 2014. In her most recent role as Community Outreach Manager she participated in a number of activities to strengthen the program and engage our community in its future in part by improving both the quality and timeliness of our communication to members and non-members. She managed the ArchivesSpace training program and led the planning efforts for the 2015 and 2016 Member Forums.
While at LYRASIS, Christine been a critical contributor to both ArchivesSpace and LYRASIS programs and services. This important relationship between ArchivesSpace and LYRASIS will be served by having such a dedicated member of both teams in this position.
Before joining the ArchivesSpace team, Christine managed the archives at the Institute for Advanced Study, led a consortial survey project for the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), and worked on large processing projects at institutions including the 92nd Street Y and the University of Michigan. Christine earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and her Masters of Science in Information from the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She also holds a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists.
Christine and Laney McGlohon, the ArchivesSpace Tech Lead, report to Laurie Arp, LYRASIS’s Director of Collections Services & Community Supported Software. They will work together to support the ArchivesSpace community and improve the ArchivesSpace application.
Christine’s new role is effective immediately. Feel free to get in touch with questions or suggestions at email@example.com.
An Introduction from Our New Tech Lead, Laney McGlohon
“I would like to introduce myself to the ArchivesSpace community. I’m Laney McGlohon, the ArchivesSpace Technical Lead. I started on Monday, January 23, 2017, and will be based in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m an information scientist, software developer, librarian, and data wrangler. I have been writing software for over 30 years and have worked in many different kinds of libraries – public, newspaper, academic, and cultural heritage institutions. My experience with special collections and archives spans more than seven years during which time I worked full-time at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles and as a consultant and volunteer at the Museum of Ventura County California. I was responsible for managing the Archivists’ Toolkit (AT) installations and the import of finding aids in many different digital formats and the export of EADs into the institutional discovery systems and the Online Archive of California. Before I left the GRI in 2014, I had several opportunities to work with the early migration tool from AT to ArchivesSpace and, upon my arrival at Stanford University Libraries, I assisted the University Archivist in the AT migration to the local ArchivesSpace installation.
I’m very excited to have this opportunity to work with archivists and other special collections-oriented colleagues again. I look forward to working with all of you on improving the ArchivesSpace application and enhancing the deployment and usability of the software. Expect to hear more about the engagement of a broader set of developers in future development of the application. I will be attending Code4Lib 2017 anticipating opportunities to connect with like-minded people there.
You’ll be hearing more from Christine and me in the weeks to come about future plans, but in the meantime, feel free to get in touch at any point. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Our new members since January 6 include:
- Artspace San Antonio
- Concordia Historical Institute (St. Louis, Missouri)
- Cornell University
- North Carolina State University
As of February 1, we have 317 General members, 11 Educational Program members, and 3 Registered Service Providers. If you are interested in your institution becoming a member of ArchivesSpace, please email us at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org for more information.
ArchivesSpace monthly updates provide news about ArchivesSpace community and program activities and are sent to our member listservs, the ArchivesSpace Google Group, and SAA’s Collection Management Tools roundtable listserv, as well as being posted on the ArchivesSpace website. Please feel free to share this update with people you know who have an interest in ArchivesSpace but may not be on one of these lists.