AVPreserve is very pleased to welcome Bertram Lyons, the newest member of our growing team. Bert joins us from Library of Congress American Folklife Center where he helps develop tools, policies, and partnerships around the development and management of digital collections. During his tenure the AFC has become a leader in digital preservation at the Library of Congress, having built their collection to over 500,000 digital objects and integrated their analog and born digital acquisition and processing work flows into a seamless process. Bert will continue work with the AFC as he begins a consulting role with AVPreserve.
Prior to the Library of Congress Bert was Archivist and Collection Manager for the Alan Lomax Archive, one of the most significant collections of field recordings in 20th century history. A subject specialist in folklife collections, oral histories, and field and musical recordings, Bert has deep experience in all aspects of managing such collections, from the digitization of legacy materials, description, schema and database development, and accessioning/processing. He is active nationally and internationally with professional archival organizations such as the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (Member of the Executive Board and Editor of IASA publications) the Society of American Archivists (Chair of the Career Development Subcommittee and Vice-chair of the Oral History Section), the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), and he has also received certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists and is a recent graduate of the Archives Leadership Institute.
We’re very excited to have Bert joining us and adding his expertise to what we can offer, and we are excited about the new collaborations and learning opportunities he will bring to our crew. AVPreserve has expanded a lot in the past year, and we look forward to continuing that growth and always improving our abilities in serving our community in the new year.