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A message from Debra Hanken Kurtz, CEO of DuraSpace

By now many of you have heard the exciting news that the LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards have voted unanimously in favor of an “intent to merge” the two organizations (Press Release: "LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards Approve “Intent to Merge” and Seek Your Input"). This announcement comes as a result of an investigation by exploratory committees of both boards during last several months. I believe the combined organization will be stronger and in a better position to advance the combined mission, and in particular to support our member supported projects. We have initiated a public exploratory phase where we will be gathering member feedback, discussing governance and many of the nuts and bolts that need to be completed before putting this to a board vote. If approved, the coming together with LYRASIS, will allow DuraSpace to advance our open source projects and services to our community. I want to emphasize that there will be no change in DuraSpace support for the design and development our DSpace, Fedora and VIVO projects. If this merger, after careful review and input from you, our members, is finalized, it will represent an expansion of opportunities for DuraSpace members and the open source projects that our global communities depend on.

I will continue to serve as CEO of DuraSpace. Under a merged organization, Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, would remain CEO and I would become the COO.

This is a proposed joining of our organizations based on the strengths of both and the synergies between our missions and communities of service. Coming together will allow us to strengthen the open source offerings of both organizations and expand our current hosted services for the scholarly scientific and research communities. In the coming weeks, we will be seeking feedback from our community as we continue the due diligence process for this possible coming together. I want to note that this process is not final, and will not be finalized until we have had an opportunity to fully investigate the feasibility and are able to incorporate the feedback of our members. Check out the FAQ, now available online aimed at answering some of your questions. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me at

I am thrilled to announce this step to our valued members, and I am excited to hear your thoughts. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity to better serve you, our members, and the archives, libraries, museums, and the broader scholarly scientific research and cultural heritage communities. Again, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Robert Miller and I are planning to host monthly online merger update sessions so be sure and watch for the schedule of dates and times.

Warm Regards,
Debra Hanken Kurtz


Press Release, "LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards Approve "Intent to Merge" and Seek Your Input"
The Boards of LYRASIS and DuraSpace, two leading member-based non-profit organizations serving libraries, archives, museums, as well as the broader scholarly, cultural heritage and technology communities, have unanimously approved an "Intent to Merge". READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions About the Intent to Merge
These questions and answers provide additional information about the intent to merge with Lyrasis for our community. READ MORE