From a Lyrasis press release dated Jan. 24, 2001:
LYRASIS, the nation’s largest regional non-profit membership organization for libraries, announces expanded program offerings and streamlined processes to enhance efficiencies for members.
Changes that will directly benefit members include:
- New Member Advisory/Interest Groups to enable members to contribute to the development of LYRASIS programs and services;
- The creation of the Ideas & Insights Series to allow members to share their knowledge and experience with other professionals in the field;
- Broadened Professional Development and Consulting services to support member Web Scale readiness; and
- A series of discussions hosted in partnership with OCLC on the topic of “Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale.”
LYRASIS has also updated its website and streamlined its processes to offer more ease of use and time efficiency to members. These enhancements include a reference section of specific information for new members, as well as simplified class registration and job posting processes.
LYRASIS continues its active involvement in pursuing and receiving grant awards that support member libraries. LYRASIS recently won a $1.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to improve preservation of significant photographic collections held in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This three-year grant kicks off round 2 of a project that began in 2007, and will be conducted in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), University of Delaware Art Conservation Department, and Image Permanence Institute. The goals of the project are to provide practical training in photograph preservation and environmental monitoring and control, stabilize at-risk photographic collections at HBCUs, and build local preservation capacity within HBCU institutions. Jessie Carney Smith, Dean of the Library, Fisk University, says the initial HBCU project, also funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant and administered by LYRASIS, “gave our priceless collections the attention that they needed, and enabled us to concentrate on an area of deep concern – preservation.”
LYRASIS Technology Services, a new option for members, offers consulting and hosting programs for open source, commercial and hybrid software. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a $486,000 grant to LYRASIS to support the development of services to assist libraries in the choice, implementation and use of open source software applications.
In addition to seeking grant opportunities, LYRASIS continues to work with vendors to ensure the best possible pricing and products for member libraries. The newly formed Licensed Products and Services team, headed by Tom Sanville, is seeking opportunities with vendors that will refine the portfolio of products available through LYRASIS and improve the efficiency of library operations so that greater information access can be afforded and sustained. LYRASIS also offers the Consortial Licensing Program (CLP), which serves consortia by negotiating better pricing and favorable contract terms; managing electronic licensing activities; and providing centralized communication among the groups.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.