Lora J. Woodford, Adjunct Faculty
Lora J. Woodford is the DevOps Specialist at LYRASIS, where she participates in a range of technical support and development activities for open source library, archives, and museum software, including responding to support tickets and writing code. Having taught herself much about the technologies that the archival profession relies upon, Ms. Woodford is passionate about building technological literacy in the library, archives, and museum communities and getting archivists and allied practitioners comfortable with utilizing technological methods to reinforce and enact core archival principals at scale for both analog and “born digital” archival collections. As such, her professional interests focus on applying technological solutions to generating, improving, migrating, and making accessible archival collection descriptions for end user consumption, including: repurposing existing machine-generated metadata to serve as a starting point for human-readable descriptions of born-digital collections; generating structured description that is interoperable between systems; and leveraging APIs and linked open data to avoid repetitive description and/or versioning problems.
Ms. Woodford received her Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the Archival Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December 2011. She also holds an MA in the history of industrialization and technology from the University of Delaware’s Hagley Graduate Program, and a BA in American history from Susquehanna University. Ms. Woodford previously worked as the Digital Archivist at Johns Hopkins University, Collections Archivist at Colgate University, and Library Analyst at the University of Delaware.