Associate Dean, Library Technology and Digital Strategies
Director of Strategic Technology
University of Virginia
Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and IT
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Manager, Faculty Data Systems and Analysis
Texas Digital Library
The merger of LYRASIS and DuraSpace in 2019 follows a recent trend toward consolidation amongst membership organizations in the scholarly communication space. The merger promised greater reach, impact, and resources for the programs and services offered by the two organizations, along with greater opportunities for international collaboration. Both organizations have particular strengths, so the merger also presented an opportunity to learn from one another and create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This panel will feature representatives from the DSpace, Fedora, VIVO, ArchivesSpace, and Samvera communities who will discuss their assessment of the merger from the perspective of their programs after the first six months: Has the promise of a greater whole been realized? Are we better off together than apart? Have we learned anything from other programs that can help us be more successful?