As we begin a new year, DuraSpace welcomes new leadership to our Board of Directors. The Board helps set DuraSpace’s priorities to ensure that our digital heritage is widely discoverable and accessible over the long term with a community-based open source technology portfolio.

After serving for several years on the Board, and for three years on the Executive Group, Laura Wood, Associate University Librarian for Research and Education at Harvard Library, is stepping down from her post as Board President. To fill this vacancy the Board has approved the following slate: Tyler Walters, Dean, University Libraries and Professor, Virginia Tech, will serve as President, Tom Cramer, Assistant University Librarian and Director, Digital Library Systems & Services Chief Technology Strategist Stanford University Libraries, and Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will remain in their current positions as Vice President and Secretary, respectively, and Rob Cartolano, Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services for Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, will serve as Treasurer to fill the position vacated by Tyler. Laura will remain on the Board through the spring.

Tyler Walters, Dean, University Libraries and Professor, Virginia Tech, commented on his new role as board president, “I’m honored to support and guide DuraSpace as its board president. This organization is critical to an international base of research institutions that are deploying open technologies in the institutional and research assets arena. I know that DuraSpace is looking forward to sustaining and sharpening its role as a vital collaborator, solution provider, and catalyst in this space.”

We are grateful to Laura for her years of service and wise counsel and look forward to working more closely with the Tyler and Rob in their new roles. Read about our Board of Directors on the website: