LYRASIS Expands Special Collections Consulting Through Atlas Systems Partnership

LYRASIS has launched a new partnership with Atlas Systems, Inc., to expand its consulting services in the area of special collections and archives. The partnership pairs nationally known experts Tom Clareson of LYRASIS and Christian Dupont of Atlas Systems to assist LYRASIS member institutions with improving their special collections and archives practices, policies, and workflows.

Tom Clareson, senior consultant for new initiatives at LYRASIS, has over 20 years of national and international experience in preservation and digitization services, including serving as co-leader of international Digital Futures events and participation in the Salzburg Global Seminar. He has led numerous statewide and regional collaborative initiatives on preservation and digitization. For the IMLS “Connecting to Collections” statewide preservation planning projects, he serves as lead consultant in seven US states. Clareson’s major areas of expertise include statewide preservation and digitization, preservation program management, disaster preparedness, digital program management, digital preservation, and cultural heritage market research.

Since 2008, Christian Dupont has worked with Atlas Systems, Inc., a leading library software developer, to create and promote Aeon, an online circulation and request workflow management system specifically designed for special collections and archives. Formerly director of special collections at the University of Virginia and Syracuse University, Dupont consults for special collections libraries and archives in the areas of operational workflow assessment, organizational management, and facilities design and renovation, drawing on more than fifteen years experience in the field. An active member of several library professional organizations, his recent leadership roles have included serving as ALA co-chair for the ALA/SAA/AAM Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries and Museums (CALM) and chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

For more information about LYRASIS Consulting Services, please visit www.lyrasis.org/Products-and-Services/Consulting.aspx.

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