Erin O’Meara : Digital Preservation Services Manager

Erin O'Meara

Erin O’Meara

Erin brings a unique blend of hands-on digital preservation, program development and management skills to her role as Artefactual’s Digital Preservation Services Manager. Her primary role is to ensure that Artefactual’s digital preservation service offerings meet the needs of client institutions, both present and future.

Erin is a graduate of the Archival Studies Program at UBC (2004) and has worked in digital preservation and management roles for over 10 years. As Department Head of the Office of Digital Innovation at the University of Arizona Libraries she managed a team of librarians and staff that oversaw a diverse set of services, including scholarly communications, digital collections, institutional repository services, digital scholarship, digital preservation and data management. In her work at University of Arizona and other organizations, she has had hands-on experience with implementations of Archivematica, Fedora, and proprietary digital preservation systems such as Preservica and Rosetta.

Prior to her position at University of Arizona, she spent 5 years at the Gates Archive, the personal and philanthropic archives for the Gates family and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Between 2009-2011, she was the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she oversaw the records management activities for campus, and coordinated the acquisition and processing of born-digital materials across collecting units in Wilson Library Special Collections. Erin also helped develop Curators Workbench, an open-source workflow and digital collections processing tool. Before joining the UNC, she was the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of Oregon.

While at UBC, Erin conducted research for the InterPARES 2 Project pertaining to the preservation of archaeological records managed in Geographic Information Systems. Erin is past chairs of SAA’s Electronic Records Section (2010) and Nominating Committee (2015), and was also a fellow in the NHPRC-funded Electronic Records Research Fellowship in 2007 at UNC.