November 2018 Update

We have some staffing updates, and an opportunity for a new person to join the ArchivesSpace team! An updated digital copy of our ArchivesSpace Member Directory was distributed last week, and we are looking forward to the upcoming Kansas City Regional Forum next week! Read on for more news!

Development

We expect to release one more update to the ArchivesSpace application before 2018 ends. All community pull requests should be submitted by December 7 to be considered for this release.

ArchivesSpace is always interested in more development help. Depending on your interest and availability, we have lots of suggestions for projects small and big that developers and tech-savvy archivists of all experience levels could help with to make ArchivesSpace better for everyone. If you’re interested in writing code and helping with ArchivesSpace development, or if you know someone who might be, please contact Program Manager Christine Di Bella (christine.dibella@lyrasis.org) or Tech Lead Laney McGlohon (laney.mcglohon@lyrasis.org) for more details.

Staffing News

We have two staffing updates to share with you — one we share with great pleasure, and the other with sadness.

We are very excited to announce that Lora Woodford will now be the Junior Developer for ArchivesSpace. Most recently Lora served as DevOps Specialist based in LYRASIS’ Digital Technology Services department.  In that role, she participated in a range of technical support activities including responding to ArchivesSpace support tickets, contributing code, and supporting DTS hosting services for ArchivesSpace, Islandora and CollectionSpace. We are very pleased to have Lora now focus on ArchivesSpace development full time in her new role and look forward to the increase in development activity that this change will make possible.

It is with regret, however, that we announce that Christine Kim will be leaving her position as ArchivesSpace Community Engagement Coordinator at the end of the year to take a position with the California Digital Library.  She will be sorely missed by her fellow team members and the ArchivesSpace community.

Christine has created a strong infrastructure for community engagement.  She has worked tirelessly to develop innovative opportunities for community members to engage with us and each other such as our blog, webinar, open call series, and regional forums. All of us have greatly benefited from the creativity and optimism that she brings to every activity in which she is involved. Fortunately, Christine will remain in her position through the end of December to help us with programs already scheduled and develop solid plans for those that will continue in 2019 and beyond.

We wish Christine Kim well in her future endeavors and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future as a much cherished member of the ArchivesSpace community.

We’re Hiring!

As a result of the previous news item, we’re seeking the next Community Engagement Coordinator for ArchivesSpace. This position is on the frontlines of the program, working directly with individual users and groups of users. Some of the key responsibilities include organizing online and in person events, managing our communications program, and working with community groups responsible for testing, user documentation and training activities. The person in this position plays a tremendous part in helping connect users to each other and works closely with our community to make ArchivesSpace better for everyone.

All applications have to include a cover letter and resume and must be submitted through the LYRASIS online hiring portal; the online listing for this position is at https://lyrasis.isolvedhire.com/jobs/43961.html.  Applications received by December 7 will receive priority consideration. Please feel free to contact Christine Di Bella (christine.dibella@lyrasis.org) with questions.

Regional Forum Updates

Our Fall Regional Forum is coming up next week, and we are also exploring an online forum for the Winter season. Here are some of the most relevant news, dates, and links to keep you up to date on all the activity!

Upcoming: Kansas City Regional Forum: November 30, 2018

Join us at the Kansas City Regional Forum! We’ll be meeting at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, MO on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Upcoming: ArchivesSpace Online Forum: Winter (Feb/March) 2019

We are thrilled to share we have formed a Working Group to shape the program content for our upcoming online forum. The group is represented by community members across all membership sizes, as well as international (non-US) members.

Our working group members are:

Jessica Crouch, University of South Carolina
Leilani Dawson, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Madeline Sheldon, LYRASIS
Maggie Schreiner, Brooklyn Historical Society
Mariella Soprano, California Institute of Technology
Megan Firestone, St. Edward’s University
Patrick Milhoan, University of Notre Dame
Stephen Innes, University of Auckland
Venkat Srinivasan, Archives, National Centre for Biological Sciences
Christine Kim, ArchivesSpace

Our first planning team meeting will be scheduled for early December. We are excited for this opportunity to explore new ways for our community can collaborate, communicate, and engage with each other through an online forum!

If you have any questions (or ideas) related to the regional forums, feel free to email Christine Kim at christine.kim@lyrasis.org.

The regional forums are opportunities for our diverse ArchivesSpace members to meet up more locally to share and learn from each other through workshops, focused discussion sessions, and presentations. We look forward to having the content shaped by our community.

Community Member Resources

ArchivesSpace Member Directory – Updated digital copy distributed to member reps

We have distributed an updated digital copy of our Member Directory! The information was collected through submissions from members and compiled to share information about how you are using ArchivesSpace, and any implementation or integration projects you are planning for the future. This directory was sent out to all ArchivesSpace Member Representatives.

Would you like to add or update information about your organization to the directory? The submission form is available here: https://tinyurl.com/aspace-directory. Most questions are optional. The information collected will be shared only with ArchivesSpace members. Aside from publicly available information about institutions like names and locations, information about the use of ArchivesSpace will be shared only for those who consent to have it included.

Please email us at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org if you have any questions.

ArchivesSpace Implementation Buddies – Updated digital copy distributed to buddy participants

The ASpace Implementation Buddy program is in full swing! A digital listing of all interested implementation buddies has been distributed through email to all individuals who have submitted their interest through the Implementation Buddy sign-up sheet.

Interested in learning more about the buddy program before you sign up? Visit our ASpace Buddies info page to get started.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Kim at christine.kim@lyrasis.org.

Association of Moving Image Archivists Hack Day: ArchivesSpace PBCore plugin

At the Association of Moving Image Archivists 2018 conference in Portland, Oregon, specifically at the AMIA/Digital Library Federation Hack Day on November 28, a group from the WGBH public radio/television plans to propose a continuation of development of the preliminary ArchivesSpace PBCore plugin that was begun at a previous AMIA Hack Day in 2014: https://github.com/amiaopensource/avspace/wiki.

AMIA/DLF Hack Day is now in its 5th year and is a unique opportunity for practitioners and managers of moving image collections to join with developers and engineers for an intense day of collaboration to develop solutions for digital audiovisual preservation and access. Within digital preservation and curation communities, hack days provide an opportunity for archivists, collection managers, technologists, and others to work together develop software solutions, documentation or training materials, and more for digital collections management needs.

More information about Hack Day is available here: http://www.amiaconference.net/amia-dlf-hack-day/

Membership Update

We are excited to welcome our newest members to our community! Our new members since October 31  include:

  • National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Bangalore, India)
  • Episcopal Church in Connecticut (Meriden, CT)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

As of November 19, we have 365 General members, 19 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 Section 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.

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