The ArchivesSpace governance model is built on the principles of maintaining a high level of community engagement and fostering an active and responsive development community. It is designed to provide opportunities for all levels of membership to participate. Our three governance groups provide essential community engagement, with members who commit to volunteering their time and expertise toward developing the ArchivesSpace community and software.

The purpose of the ArchivesSpace Governance Board is to provide leadership for the ArchivesSpace community and advise Lyrasis, the ArchivesSpace organizational home, on the ongoing development and support of ArchivesSpace. The board sets membership policies, reviews and approves budgets and resource allocation, and advises on program initiatives, always with a focus on meeting the needs of a broad and diverse spectrum of archival institutions in a balanced and equitable manner. It is composed of five elected members – one from each membership level – plus one member from each of the project partner institutions (New York University and the University of California San Diego) and one ex officio, non-voting member from the Lyrasis senior management team.

This year the positions for the representatives at the Very Small, Medium, and Large membership levels are up for election, and voting is opening on June 8. Candidate statements for the people running for these positions are available.

Each member organization gets one vote in the election for the representative at their membership level. Only the Very Small, Medium, and Large level positions are open this year. The Voting Member we have on record for each eligible organization will receive an email with the ballot this week. If your organization is eligible and your Voting Member does not receive the ballot, or if your Voting Member has changed, please contact Christine at Voting will close on June 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Please note: if your organization is in the Very Large or Small levels your representative position is not up for election and you will not be voting this year.

A big thank you to all those who have volunteered to serve, and thanks in advance to everyone who votes. To learn more about ArchivesSpace governance, please visit

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