BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Industrial Archives & Library (IAL), a private operating foundation based in Bethlehem, Pa., is pleased to announce that Nicholas P. Zmijewski, Archivist at the Industrial Archives & Library, has been elected Vice Chair of the Governance Board of ArchivesSpace. Built for archives by archivists, ArchivesSpace is the open-source archives information management application for managing and providing web access to archives, manuscripts and digital objects. It is managed by a community of mutual support, consisting of about 400 members, committed to helping cultural heritage organizations foster access to, and promote discovery of, historical records and primary sources through the provision of sustainable and highly functional software and tools.
The purpose of the ArchivesSpace Governance Board is to provide leadership for the ArchivesSpace community and advise LYRASIS, the ArchivesSpace organizational home, on the ongoing development and support of ArchivesSpace. The board sets membership policies, reviews and approves budgets and resource allocation, and advises on program initiatives. Mr. Zmijewski’s election this year as Vice Chair also places him in an automatic three-year leadership track whereby he will serve as Chair of the organization in 2020 – 2021 and Past Chair in 2021 – 2022.
“It’s a clear recognition of the high level of professionalism Nick posses in his field and the high degree of respect in which he is held by his peers in the library and archival community.”Stephen G. Donches, President & CEO
“I’m excited about this opportunity,” said Mr. Zmijewski. “ArchivesSpace truly is a community supported program that is continually evolving. I appreciate the opportunity to help nurture the program and give back to a community that has helped us here at the Industrial Archives & Library with the use of ArchivesSpace.”
“We’re proud that Nick is taking on this important leadership role at ArchivesSpace,” said Stephen G. Donches, President & CEO of the Industrial Archives & Library. “It’s a clear recognition of the high level of professionalism Nick possesses in his field and the high degree of respect in which he is held by his peers in the library and archival community,” said Donches.
“I am delighted with Nick’s election as Vice Chair of the ArchivesSpace Governance Board,” said Gordon Daines, Special Collections Department Chair, Brigham Young University and current Chair of the board. “His thoughtful comments and engagement with issues is greatly appreciated. He is a pleasure to work with and his contributions in representing the concerns of smaller institutions within our community have been especially valuable during his Board tenure. We know the community overall will benefit from him taking on a greater leadership role and I am looking forward to working more closely with him,” said Daines.
Nick has been Archivist at IAL since 2016, having been manager of the archives for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania since 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Wilkes University and is pursuing a Masters in Archives and Records Management from San Jose State University. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and serves on the governance board for ArchivesSpace. Nick grew up in Cranford, N.J. and now resides in Lancaster, Pa. with his wife, Allison, and their twin children, Zoe and Logan.