Welcome to the September issue of the CollectionSpace newsletter. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy return to school, work or just a great transition to fall! With the summer over and autumn day ahead we have some exciting changes happening at CollectionSpace, so read on to find out all about it. 

Welcome to Jessi Weithman!

We are pleased to share that CollectionSpace has welcomed a new Program Manager to the team –  Jessi Weithman! 

Jessi joined the program team in August and brings a broad depth of knowledge and experience in the use of collections management systems in both museums and public libraries. If you recognize Jessi’s name, it’s because she served as the Museum and Library Catalog Manager at the Ohio History Connection where she was responsible for implementing their museum, archives and library collection management catalogs including CollectionSpace, Mukurtu and ArchivesSpace. 

Her previous positions include Associate Director of Support Services for the Westerville Public Library and the Information Technology Manager for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. 

We are excited to have her on board and look forward to an exciting year ahead. 

Farewell to Megan Forbes 

With Jessi’s welcome, we must also say a big thank you and farewell to Megan Forbes, former Program Manager of CollectionSpace. Megan has been the foundation of the CollectionSpace community and has devoted her 15 years to developing the platform that CSpace is today. She was instrumental in the initial creation of CollectionSpace beginning with her work at the Museum of the Moving Image in 2007 and has been with the program at LYRASIS since 2014. 

We appreciate Megan’s myriad contributions, but we will especially miss her creativity and insight, her commitment to open source, and her dedication to growing and enhancing CollectionSpace to better serve the museum community. Thank you Megan, from all of us.

Community Spotlight Webinar: CollectionSpace for Education 

Join us next week on September 27th at 1pm Eastern for our next CollectionSpace Community Spotlight Webinar titled: CSpace for Education. Join the CollectionSpace Program Team and our implementers from Johns Hopkins University and the School of Information in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University, as they share how they are using CollectionSpace in their classrooms. 

This event is FREE to attend. Register to reserve your spot today: https://bit.ly/3BFpXwS 

CollectionSpace Annual Report 

With our fiscal year end now officially closed, we are excited to share with you the CollectionSpace Annual Report for FY2021-2022. In this report you can find our biggest accomplishments and achievements from the past year as well as news about our ever-growing community.  

You can download and read your copy of the report here:https://collectionspace.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/AR-2022-CollectionSpace.pdf 

CollectionSpace at iDigBio 

Linda Colet and Jessi Weithman had an opportunity to participate as panelists during an iDigBio course entitled: Introduction to Biodiversity Specimen Digitization. The course provided information on how digital data is created in relation to biodiversity specimens for those who are new to this area of work. 

Jessi and Linda were there to discuss best practices in data management, the use of authority control within data sets and CSpace, and future and current trends in museum collection management systems.

Where to Find Us

October 25-27, 2022 – International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums, Temecula, CA 

Jessi Weithman, Program Manager for CollectionSpace will be on-hand to meet new and current  implementers or answer any questions you might have about CSpace. Don’t miss your opportunity to stop in, say hi and meet Jessi. 

Learn more about what’s happening, where we’ll be, and upcoming classes on our Community Calendar. 

Get In Touch

Looking for ways to get involved in the CollectionSpace community?

Check out these helpful links to some of our resources:

Vimeo – check out our collection of videos including demos, “How To” videos, webinar recordings, feature walk-throughs etc.

Mailing Lists – join our TALK Listserv to stay in the loop on what’s happening in the community, or ask questions or connect with fellow CSpace implementers.

Blog – Find announcement news, release highlights and much more on our CollectionSpace blog.

Twitter: Follow us @Collectionspace